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60. Dispose Of Other Farm Wastes Safely

disposal of used oil

There's more to hazardous waste on a farm besides pesticides. Two other sources of hazardous waste that you need to monitor are from farm equipment, and from paints and solvents. For example, the used oil from a single oil change can seriously contaminate a million gallons of fresh water—enough water to supply fifty people for one year.

Illinois has banned the disposal of used oil in landfills, so your best option is to recycle your oil. Contact common recycling sites such as local oil distributors, auto-repair stations, and commercial recycling services, or call the Cooperative Extension Service to find recyclers in your area.

oil filter An oil filter, even after being drained overnight, still contains significant amounts of motor oil. Therefore, hot-drain filters by puncturing the dome end and draining them overnight. Then place them in a sealable bag, coffee can with lid, or other leakproof container. Illinois has not banned oil filters from landfills.
Antifreeze Antifreeze poses serious hazards to water, children, and pets attracted to its sweet taste. Find out if the store that sells the antifreeze will take back the used product. You can also contact a local service station or an automotive or radiator repair shop to find out if they can dispose of or recycle the waste.
batteries Lead-acid batteries can be recycled. You should be able to trade in your old battery at the store where you bought it or at the store where you are purchasing your new battery. As for old tires, the most common way to get rid of them is to turn them in to the retailer when purchasing new ones.
painting If you are unable to use up all of your paint, donate it to friends, relatives, churches, recreation departments, community service organizations, or theatrical groups. If this is not an option, check with recycling centers or hazardous-waste collection sites, or contact the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for disposal ideas.
wood preservatives Do not solidify, burn, or bury leftover wood preservative. The best option is to keep wood preservatives in a secure container and wait until a household hazardous-waste collection day is held in your area.

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