City of Largo, Florida

City of Largo, Florida
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Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle Maintenance

Whats the Problem with Motor Oil?

Florida Administrative Code Chapter 62-710 regulates the collection and disposal of used oil. City of Largo Code prohibits dumping oil on the ground.

When dumped on the ground, used oil soaks through the soil. It can contaminate the aquifer (an important source of drinking water for Pinellas and other counties) or run off into storm drains that flow into lakes, creeks, or even Tampa Bay.

Used oil in any of these bodies of water can harm or kill fish, birds, and other wildlife. The motor oil from just one oil change can contaminate a million gallons of water!

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Oil in Drain

Report Illegal Dumping

If you notice illegal dumping into storm drains or waterways in your area, call (727) 587-6713, report it online or email

Find out other ways to improve water quality.

Be Good to Your Car. Be Good to the Bay.

One pint of oil can make an oil slick the size of a football field. What can you do to help?

  • Change your motor oil and help keep our waters clean.
  • Take your container of used oil to a drop off site to be recycled.
  • Stop drips. Check for oil leaks regularly and fix them promptly.
  • Avoid working on grass or dirt. Have ground cloths, rags, funnel, tools, oil pan, and a container ready.
  • Store your used motor oil in the empty oil container from your last oil change or use an empty plastic container with a lid, such as a milk jug.
  • Clearly label container as "used oil."
  • Never mix used oil with any other liquids, including water. Oil recyclers cannot accept mixed automotive fluids.
  • Never dispose of oil or other engine fluids down the storm drain or on the ground.
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