It is estimated that 60% of automotive oil changes today are performed by do-it-yourselfers. In Yakima County, that amounts to over 20,000 gallons of used oil per month. Just 1 quart of oil will foul the taste of 250,000 gallons of water, that's more water than 30 people drink in their lifetime.
During engine use, oil picks up toxic contaminants, carcinogens and heavy metals (lead, zinc, arsenic, chromium and cadmium). If used oil is not properly recycled, these toxins are carried into the environment and can disrupt decomposition in septic systems, as well as contaminate the soil and water. Yakima County residents can properly dispose of oil at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Terrace Heights landfill or by taking it to one of Yakima County's collection sites.
Oil Collection Locations
Yakima County has various oil collection sites located throughout the county. These sites are for clean, uncontaminated, used oil generated from households. Take your oil in sealed containers to the site nearest you. Once you are there please fill out the blue form and deposit into the holder. You may then pour your used oil into the tank and be sure to take your container home with you to use again.