Old Parts, Spare Oil, Empty Battery? Your Guide To Safe Car Disposal

Is your garage or garden shed full of old car accessories and parts that you don’t really need? There will be lots of people who are hoarding all of these kinds of things as they think that they are impossible to safely dispose of. After all, you can’t just throw an empty car battery in with your regular trash! To help you get rid of all that junk and clutter, here is our ultimate guide to safe disposal.

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Car Batteries

It is illegal to dispose of empty car batteries with your normal household waste. They can’t be sent to landfill sites either. Yet, you can’t just leave them lying around in your garage! You will need to seek out an approved waste disposal company who are able to take these kinds of batteries. Many car mechanics are connected to these kinds of companies, so speak to your local mechanic to see if he can take your old battery out of your hands. Before you move the battery yourself, it is important to make sure that it isn’t showing any signs of leakage. If it is, you should call the mechanic to pick it up from you, as they will have all the necessary safety equipment to do so.

Spare Parts

When you are asking yourself “how can I sell my car fast?” you should also ask “should I sell all the spare parts with it as well?” The answer is almost certainly yes! If you include all the spare parts that you have accumulated over the years, you will be able to get a better price for the auto. Not only that, though, but it can be a lot harder to sell spares, especially if they have been used, on their own. Another way to get rid of old spares is to drop them off at your local scrap yard. If they are made out of metal, you could sell it to the yard as useful materials.

Excess Oil

If you have some used oil, or just bought too much last time, you will need to dispose of it in a very safe and environmentally way. Before you can dispose of it, though, you need to transfer it to a secure oil drum with a sealed lid. Most gas stations will now accept old oil for recycling, so this is probably the easiest way for you to dispose of it. Some car mechanics will also accept old oil.


You will need to have plenty of antifreeze at home so that you can top up your car with it during the winter. However, what do you do with out-of-date or excess antifreeze? This product is very dangerous for the environment, so you need to be very safe when getting rid of it. Don’t just wash it down the drain! Instead, contact your local authorities to see if they can help you dispose of it. Alternatively, your car mechanic might also be able to recommend a company that specializes in disposing of dangerous chemicals.

Stay safe when getting rid of anything associated with your car!