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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:08 PM
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Disposing of antifreeze

Nevermind. Found a recycling center that takes it.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 04:24 PM
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I pour used antifreeze down the drain, as long as it's not contaminated with oil. It's just sugar water.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 06:47 PM
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I pour used antifreeze down the drain, as long as it's not contaminated with oil. It's just sugar water.

Seriously?

I hope this is merely your attempt at wit because antifreeze is anything BUT sugar water. The dominant version is ethylene glycol, which is poisonous as are the heavy metals that drain with it. Such lovely carcinogens include cadmium, lead, and chromium. None of which you want in the water table.

Next time recycle it.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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I have gallons of the stuff building up in the garage. Nobody around here accepts it, and the only mechanic that said he would take it followed up with "I'll put it in the dumpster like I always do". So my collection of it grows.

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Old August 7th, 2007, 07:35 PM
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Ethylene glycol is indeed sweet in taste. I have had a drop fall in my mouth whilst under a vehicle. It is also deadly poisonous in larger quantities.

It is worth spending the extra money and switching to propelene glycol. It is non-toxic and used in place of ethylene glycol and to de-ice aircraft and other places where it is impossible to contain.

You can safely pour propelene glycol down the drain when disposing of it.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 09:39 PM
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I've found that "some" of the Jiffy Lube type places will take your old antifreeze. But they also limit how much they'll take. After many calls, I finally found a place that would take the 20 gals I had. Lesson is to not let it accumulate so much. In San Diego, it is considered a Household Hazardous Waste, and is suppose to be disposed of properly.
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Around here the town occasionally has drop-off's for hazardous stuff like this. Problem is, they want it in the original container only. Well, when you have to mix it 1:1 with water..... you put in 2 gallons, 4 come out! So you never have enough antifreeze jugs to go around.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 11:53 PM
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I can drop off antifreeze, oil, or any contaminant any saturday at my county's recycling facility. I drop off at least one 5 gallon bucket each month. Please feel free to drop them off at my place on the way to the middy this year.

I'm not kidding.

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Old August 8th, 2007, 02:06 AM
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Around here the town occasionally has drop-off's for hazardous stuff like this. Problem is, they want it in the original container only. Well, when you have to mix it 1:1 with water..... you put in 2 gallons, 4 come out! So you never have enough antifreeze jugs to go around.
That's precisely the problem I had.

I did some research and it turns out that pouring antifreeze into the municipal sewer system is somewhat debatable. Some say "no way", but others claim that it's not a problem, as long as it is heavily diluted with water first.

I didn't take my chances (living in a fragile mountain environment), so I took it to the local mechanic, who handles auto-related recycling for the city. He had a giant 55 gal plastic drum that I could pour it into, free of charge.
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I just wait for a hose to blow and it pours out all over the road.
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Ethylene glycol is indeed sweet in taste. I have had a drop fall in my mouth whilst under a vehicle. It is also deadly poisonous in larger quantities.
And some people use it for "animal control"..... Not advised obviously!
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I hear it makes a good coffee sweetner for people that have relationship issues.
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