Automotive Recycling

Motor Oil

Motor oil never wears out and can be recycled and reused again and again. But motor oil poured on the ground, in a storm drain or put in the trash (even in a container) can contaminate the soil, groundwater, streams and rivers.


  • Just two gallons of motor oil can generate enough electricity to run an average household for almost 24 hours.
  • A single quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water.


Antifreeze contains heavy metals in high enough levels to regulate it as a hazardous waste. Disposing of antifreeze inappropriately can cause serious water quality problems and can harm people, pets and wildlife.

Buying recycled antifreeze is less expensive than virgin antifreeze.

Auto Batteries

Auto batteries and even lawn mower batteries are hazardous due to the metals and acid in the batteries.
  • A typical battery contains 18 pounds of lead and a pound of sulfuric acid.
  • Batteries should never go in the trash.
  • Nearly 99% of a vehicle battery can be recycled and used again.


  • More than 5 million batteries are disposed of improperly and not recycled every year.


An estimated 270 million car and truck tires are discarded each year in the US and over 2 billion sit in large stockpiles, which are highly susceptible to fires that cause air pollution and to breeding mosquitoes. Did you know that most tires can actually be recycled?


  • One single mile of pavement could use 20,000 shredded or ground tires.
  • Homeowners can recycle five tires per year at any Iredell County Recycling Sites.

Scrap Tire Disposal from Commercial Businesses
The North Carolina Division of Waste Management administers a comprehensive program to manage scrap tires. This program prevents illegal dumping of tires by providing an infrastructure to safely collect, store, and recycle scrap tires. An advance disposal fee is charged when new tires are sold. The proceeds are distributed to each county to pay for collection and recycling of tires. Counties do not charge disposal fees for tires generated in North Carolina. Each load of more than five tires must be accompanied by a completed scrap tire certification form.  More information can be found online here.

To dispose of Scrap Tires:
1.  Scrap tires are accepted from commercial businesses at the Twin Oaks facility only.
2.  Customers are required to cross the platform scale before any tires are taken to the unloading site
3.  All Iredell County rules and regulations are to be followed in regards to tires that are allowed free disposal in Iredell County.  No Out-of-State tires are accepted.
4.  All customers requesting free disposal must provide the following:
     - Scrap Tire Certification Form filled out properly.
     - Proof of Tire Tax Payment; This can be in the form of a copy of the recently filed E500G form, paperwork from a scrap dealer stating the number of vehicles disposed of, copies of invoices that have the quantity of tires purchased and the tire tax being paid or a Tire Sales Report. This is proof that the tire tax has been paid.
5. After unloading all scrap tires, customers must return to the scale to weigh out, unless they have previously been issued an Iredell County vehicle identification number.
6.  Customers who fail to provide the proper paperwork will be denied disposal and may lose their site privileges.