Automotive Waste

Automotive maintenance and repair can generate substantial waste, and not all of it can be disposed of simply. Many essential automobile components are toxic and are not accepted in general landfills. However, options do exist for proper disposal of automotive waste. Please click on a component below or browse further down this page to see what you can do with your automotive waste.

Antifreeze
Batteries
Batteries (hybrid)
Hulks and unwanted vehicles
Motor oil
Other fluids

Antifreeze

The Horn Rapids Landfill (3120 Twin Bridges Road, Richland, Washington 99352, 509-942-7700) accepts antifreeze from any Benton County resident. Proof of residence is required.

Batteries

The following locations accept automobile batteries. Please note that private corporations are subject to their own schedules, policies, and discretion with regard to availability of services. Please call before attempting to deliver any material.

  • Horn Rapids Landfill, 3120 Twin Bridges Road, Richland, 509-942-7700. Proof of residency is required.

  • Autozone, 1701 George Washington Way, Richland, 509-946-6372.

  • Batteries +, 321 N Columbia Center Boulevard, Kennewick, 509-783-3400.

  • Autozone, 4911 W Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, 509-783-1179.

  • Autozone, 1220 W Fourth Avenue, Kennewick, 509-585-3896.

  • Autozone, 1129 Bennett Avenue, Prosser, 509-786-0042.

You can also ask your regular mechanic or dealer's service department if they accept car batteries.

Batteries (hybrid)

Hybrid cars typically have two batteries. An alternator (typical car battery) is usually found under the hood in the location it would normally be in an all-gasoline model. A second, hybrid battery is located elsewhere in the car, usually in a protected housing. This is generally out of the way, and the battery often requires specialized tools for its removal. It is not recommended that you remove a hybrid battery unless you have specialized tools and training. Improper tampering can result in injury or death. Hybrid batteries should only be removed by automotive technicians and should be disposed of through your regular mechanic or dealer's service department.

Hulks and Unwanted Vehicles

If you have an old vehicle that you would like to get rid of or the hulk of a inoperable vehicle on your property, you might consider donating it. Donate-A-Car is a program run by the IAA Donation Division, one of the largest automobile auction services. They will arrange to collect your vehicle, free of charge, and donate it to a charity of your selection. Donations may also be tax deductible.


Another option for vehicle removal is recycling. The following recyclers will accept vehicles. Please call in advance to arrange logistics.

  • Mayflower Metals, 139406 W Johnson Road, Prosser (509-778-1664)
  • Local Boys Metal Recycling, 510 Wellsian Way, Richland (509-308-8251)

Motor Oil

Motor oil is perhaps one of the most common household hazardous wastes Benton County observes at our collection events. However, it does not have to be, as motor oil can be recycled throughout the year! Whether you have a little fresh oil left over from an oil change or have a pan full from draining used oil, the following options are available for Benton County residents. Those options marked with an asterisk (*) are available only to city residents for the city in which the service is provided. Unless otherwise noted, please limit the volume of oil to five (5) gallons per drop-off. These services are for residential quantities only. Commercial entities must utilize a commercial waste service. Please note that private corporations are subject to their own schedules, policies, and discretion with regard to availability of services. Please call before attempting to deliver any material.

  • Horn Rapids Landfill, 3120 Twin Bridges Road, Richland
  • Autozone, 1701 George Washington Way, Richland (509-946-6372)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1308 Jadwin Avenue, Richland (509-943-0207)
  • Walmart, 2801 Duportail Street, Richland (509-628-8420)
  • *Waste Management collects up to one (1) gallon of used motor oil as part of their curbside recycling program for Kennewick residents. Place the oil in a well-sealed one-gallon container and set next to other recycling on your standard pick-up day.
  • Autozone, 4911 W Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick (509-783-0130)
  • Autozone, 1220 W Fourth Avenue, Kennewick (509-585-3896)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts, 7201 W Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick (509-783-1179)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts, 824 W Vineyard Drive, Kennewick (509-586-1126)
  • Walmart, 2720 S Quillan Street, Kennewick (509-586-1554)
  • Autozone, 1129 Bennett Avenue, Prosser (509-786-0042)
  • Benton County Collection Site, Prosser City Yard, 1605 10th Street, Prosser (Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 am through 5:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 pm through 6:00 pm)
  • Benton County Collection Site, Ed’s Disposal, 1001 Dinah Lane (end of road), Benton City (Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 am through 6:00 pm)

You can also check with your regular mechanic or dealer's service department. They may also have a collection program.

Important note: Oil deposited at any of the above sites must not be mixed with water, antifreeze, or other chemicals. Recycling programs are incentivized by reuse and resale of used motor oil. While added substances may be separated from the oil, this process is costly, both in resources and in time. Contaminated oil could place the program at risk of cancellation, to the detriment of those using it. Additionally, absolutely no chlorinated chemicals, such as PCBs in transformer oil, should ever be dropped off or mixed with motor oil. These chemicals are potently toxic and require specialized handling and remediation, and their inclusion in motor oil waste can immediately end a collection program. Please contact the Washington State Department of Ecology for more information.

Other Fluids

At this time, the Benton County Public Works Department does not have a record of disposal options for other automotive fluids (e.g., transmission fluid, brake fluid). If you operate a commercial operation, you are required to contract with a waste services provider to dispose of such fluids. For residents, these chemicals should be retained until one of Benton County's household hazardous waste (HHW) events.

       
       
       

       
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