In fiscal year 2019, we recycled nearly 11 million gallons of used motor oil, and over 220,000 tons of used car batteries. Keep reading to learn how you can recycle these items at an AutoZone near you.

Source: Corporate Social Responsibility Report (2019)


Recycling Motor Oil

The first step to recycling your oil is containing it and getting it ready for transportation. If you use a closed oil drain pan, you can finish both of these steps at the same time. If your oil drain pan cannot be closed, you'll want to transfer the oil to another container, like the jug the new oil came in.

  • Drain used oil into an oil drain pan
  • Transfer that oil to a container that can be sealed (if the oil drain pan cannot)
  • Bring that container to AutoZone where the liquid will be poured into one of our large containers

If you've put your oil into an old oil jug or other container, you won't want to use it for anything else. You can keep it on hand though, then you'll be ready to contain used oil next time you do a DIY oil change.


Recycling Car Batteries

As with oil, the first step to recycling your car's battery is to remove it and make sure it's ready to be transported.

  • Always disconnect the negative cable first. After the negative cable is removed, you can disconnect the positive cable
  • Remove the battery clip or strap that holds your battery in place
  • Inspect the battery for leaks or cracks, remove the battery, and bring it to AutoZone

If you've purchased a new car battery from AutoZone, you may qualify for a refunded core charge when you bring back your old battery. At the time of a purchase, used batteries are eligible for a $22 credit towards the purchase of a new battery. We call this a “core credit.” It's listed on the site and on your receipt if it applies to your purchase. You may also receive a $10 gift card for any used battery you bring in through our “It Pays to Recycle” program.

If you have other fluids, like brake fluid or ATF, you should reach out to your city or county household hazardous waste location. They may be able to dispose of these fluids, and they’ll know where you should take these fluids even if they don’t accept them. When it’s time to recycle oil or an old car battery, you can turn to your local auto parts store for help.

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Be sure to consult your owner’s manual, a repair guide, an AutoZoner at a store near you, or a licensed, professional mechanic for vehicle-specific repair information. Refer to the service manual for specific diagnostic, repair and tool information for your particular vehicle. Always chock your wheels prior to lifting a vehicle. Always disconnect the negative battery cable before servicing an electrical application on the vehicle to protect its electrical circuits in the event that a wire is accidentally pierced or grounded. Use caution when working with automotive batteries. Sulfuric acid is caustic and can burn clothing and skin or cause blindness. Always wear gloves and safety glasses and other personal protection equipment, and work in a well-ventilated area. Should electrolyte get on your body or clothing, neutralize it immediately with a solution of baking soda and water. Do not wear ties or loose clothing when working on your vehicle.

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