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Omaha Recycling Guide

Auto Fluid Containers

Not Accepted, Alternative Options Available

HA Auto Fluids

CAUTION: Household Hazardous Waste

DO NOT place any containers or aerosol cans that held auto fluids in a City of Omaha curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

DO NOT place containers or aerosols with leftover contents still inside in a waste or garbage cart. All containers with leftover automotive fluids are considered Household Hazardous Waste and require special handling.

ONLY if the container is EMPTY and DRY, place it in the garbage.

HA Auto Fluids

IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT dump leftover contents. Take auto fluid containers with leftover contents, such as motor oil, engine cleaner, or flammable liquids, to the City's special waste facility, UnderTheSink.

UnderTheSink accepts unwanted chemicals and special waste from households in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. A list of acceptable items and more information can be found here:


Where Else Could It Go?

Some local automotive shops will accept items like leftover oil, antifreeze, car batteries, and/or tires for proper disposal. Ask your local auto parts retailer or service station if they participate in a recycling or take-back program.

Tip: Always call ahead to confirm whether your item can be accepted.

Ways to Reduce or Reuse

Plan ahead and buy only what you can use in a short period of time.

If you have leftover auto fluids like gasoline or motor oil that are still usable, consider sharing with a neighbor.

Did You Know

Household hazardous wastes that make their way into landfills can cause groundwater pollution. If improperly handled and disposed of, these materials can pose a threat to the public's health and safety.

How to determine if a product is considered household hazardous waste? Look for indicator words on labels, such as:

  • Caution
  • Warning
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Flammable
  • Volatile
  • Caustic
  • Corrosive