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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 containers that held auto fluids in a City of Omaha curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

The liquids are considered Household Hazardous Waste and require special handling.

  • If you have product leftover, the best option is to use up the material for its intended purpose
  • Completely EMPTY containers may be placed in the garbage
HA Auto Fluids

IMPORTANT NOTE: Containers with leftover fluid contents should be taken to the City's special waste facility, UnderTheSink. Do not rinse or flush flammable liquids.

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 at:


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