Oil & Chemicals

Spilled Oil

Oil & Chemicals


Oil and chemicals enter the storm drains every time it rains. Most of what washes into the drains comes from cars driving on the road every day. Other chemicals may come from someone washing their car in the street or their driveway. No matter where they came from, if it is on the road, it ends up in the drain when it rains.

Did You Know?

  • One quart of spilled motor oil will make a two-acre oil slick. That's as big as three football fields!

Why You Should Be Concerned

  • Household items like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil and other chemicals can poison aquatic life and our drinking water sources.
  • Oil can lead to dead fish and other unsightly problems, as well as foul odors from fish decay.

What You Can Do

  • The City of McKinney accepts many household hazardous waste materials; Solid Waste Services offers a complete list.
  • Wash your car in the grass, the soil will filter out the chemicals.
  • Put a drip pan under a vehicle that is leaking.
  • Properly maintain your car to prevent leaks.
  • Properly dispose of fluids.
  • Schedule a pickup of your household hazardous waste by contacting Solid Waste Services at 972-547-7385.
Report stormwater pollution or dumping of pollutants into stormwater drains by calling 972-547-7350.