Information on Recycling Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid

Making sure we do our part to take care of the planet is important. One of the ways that we can help to keep the planet safe, healthy, and clean is by recycling substances like transmission fluid. Transmission fluid is a substance similar to oil that is used to maintain the transmission on your vehicle. It is illegal to dump this substance in most states across the country. It is important to make sure that you avoid dumping used transmission fluid down any of your household drains because the consequences for the environment could be disastrous.

Why we need to recycle transmission fluid

One of the main reasons we need to properly dispose of transmission fluid through recycling is to keep it from entering into the local water supply. When this type of fluid is dumped down the drain it travels throughout the city sewage system and can end up tainting the drinking water in your area and end up poisoning those who consume or use the water. Dumped transmission fluid can also end up going into lakes and ponds. It can coat plant life in the water and poison the fish, even wiping out the local population of some species. It can coat the feathers of ducks and make them incredibly sick and unable to fly to safety.

How to recycle transmission fluid

Since dumping transmission fluid is illegal, you will need to follow proper safety protocol when attempting to recycle the fluid. Make sure you put the fluid in a container that can be sealed with tight fitting lid. Call your local auto repair shops to see if they have a recycling program for transmission fluid available. If they do you will need to bring the container with the transmission fluid to them. The auto repair shop will take care of making sure the fluid is recycled properly and will return your container when they are finished.