Careful! It’s Illegal to Throw Away These 3 Things in Arizona!
In Arizona, we're highly independent. We work pretty hard, and a lot of us fix our own stuff. Doing our own car repairs can save us a lot of money and keep our vehicles running for a long time. But do you know what to do with the old parts and chemicals?
What can you do the used stuff like tires and oil? In spite of our independent Old West Attitude, we still abide by the law in these parts.
Here are three things you cannot throw away in Arizona. As a matter of fact, it's straight up illegal!
A lot of us get car tires from a dealership or tire retailer, so we don't really give a lot of thought to what happens to the old tires that come off our car or truck. We pay the recycling fee, and we're done.
But what if you happen to buy a set of tires off someone you know? What do you do with the old worn-out tires from your vehicle? Find a dumpster? Toss them in your trash?
You'd better not. According to AZ Revised Statutes § 44-1302 (1996 through 1st Reg Sess 50th Legis) "It is unlawful to throw away a motor vehicle tire."
This means it's now on you to recycle your used tires. Tires purchased from a retailer? Well, they're required to accept the scrap tires if if they're purchased there. You pay the extra fee you pay the retailer, so they do the recycling for you.
If you're looking to get rid of old tires yourself, contact our local landfill and they can give you directions on how to handle used tires.
2. Used Motor Oil
You don't have to be a geologist to understand that Arizona is special when it comes to the natural layers of soil, rock and sediment liquids can pass through in order to reach our water table. And you're probably aware that our water table is a precious commodity.
Anything you pour onto the ground will eventually reach the water table. Which is why it's illegal to dispose of your used motor oil on the ground.
Be sure to collect your motor oil in a special, leakproof container. It may be accepted at some auto parts stores, as well as some recycling centers.
3. Car Batteries
It is specifically illegal to throw away car batteries in the state of Arizona. They may not be accepted by landfills, either. The best bet is to have your automotive care specialist handle this or check with your local auto parts store.
They frequently have agreements with recycling facilities and may be able to take these off your hands for a small fee.