Brake Fluid


Normally brake fluid is not hazardous. However, it can become hazardous when contaminated with brake cleaner from a spray can.

  • collect brake fluid in a separate, marked, closed container
  • determine by testing whether your brake fluid is hazardous, and manage it accordingly
  • check with your used oil hauler to see if mixing brake fluid with used oil is a problem.
  • spray brake cleaner around brake fluid
  • pour brake fluid down any drain or on the ground

For more information concerning the proper handling of brake fluid, contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste ( or the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management ( This information is offered only as guidance. Specific requirements may vary with individual processes and/or businesses.