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What to do with used antifreeze


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted October 16 2003 - 06:25 AM

It seems my county has a horrible system of recycling or collecting used antifreeze. Apparently they have 1 day to collect hazardous material and guess what. I just missed it by 6 days. I've had a gallon and a half of old antifreeze sitting in my yard since like June and now I either wait til next october or dispose of it in some fashion. I tried an R&S Strauss who will take used motor oil but nope, they don't take antifreeze. I know garages have to do something with their antifreeze and stuff but nobody that I know will take antifreeze... What to do? is there some safe way of disposing this stuff? Anyway want some old antifreeze? Posted Image

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted October 16 2003 - 07:07 AM

I think my local dump has a facility for taking used oil and antifreeze. Yours may only collect once every 12 months, but they may have a drop off facility.

It sounds like you've checked with the local garages... that was going to be my next guess.

If you're going to keep it... keep it sealed up. Dogs like to drink it (it contains honey, believe it or not) and... well, it's not good for dogs.

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   DonRoeber

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Posted October 16 2003 - 08:08 AM

Try some silica packets perhaps? Posted Image
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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Bry_DD

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Posted October 16 2003 - 09:50 AM

go to your local part store like Autozone or Checkers, they normally take used oil and antifreeze.

#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted October 16 2003 - 12:17 PM

It depends upon the local sewage treatment plant and local ordinances. In many places, you can dispose of used antifreeze simply by pouring it down the sanitary sewer, e.g. down the toilet. The compounds in the antifreeze break down in these treatment plants. And no there isn't any honey in antifreeze, but ethelene glycol does taste sweet to animals.
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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Markus Lidstrom

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Posted October 16 2003 - 02:10 PM

You can use it to fertilize your lawn, its not as good as some other stuff but it still works pretty well.

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Posted October 16 2003 - 04:18 PM

You can use it to fertilize your lawn, its not as good as some other stuff but it still works pretty well.

I hear used motor oil works much better for this purpose.

#8 of 18 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted October 16 2003 - 05:40 PM

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You can use it to fertilize your lawn, its not as good as some other stuff but it still works pretty well.


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I hear used motor oil works much better for this purpose.


You're both wrong. Gasoline works wonders and you can even throw a match on it for added affect!

#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Shawn C

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Posted October 16 2003 - 05:53 PM

Yeah, I thought it was pretty much OK to dump antifreeze down the drain. Oil is a different story.

#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted October 16 2003 - 07:42 PM

What is this "freeze" that you speak of?

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#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted October 16 2003 - 11:16 PM

Hmmmm, there is an autozone about 17 miles from me. I don't think we have a Checkers up around me though... I'll have to call Autozone... Does Pep Boys take antifreeze? going to check their website...

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#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted October 17 2003 - 12:56 AM

Well, I just called the nearest Autozone and the lady says they don't take antifreeze... Going to try Pep Boys...

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#13 of 18 OFFLINE   David-S

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Posted October 17 2003 - 01:49 AM

You could look around for a specialty radiator shop as well...

None of the autoparts stores would take my anti-freeze, but there was a rad. shop that did (although they won't take the container from you)

#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd Hochard

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Posted October 17 2003 - 02:40 AM

Normally, your local landfill has a household hazardous waste collection facility.
Barring that, dumping it in a drain leading to a sewage treatment facility (NO STORM DRAINS!) does work in a pinch.

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#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted October 17 2003 - 02:52 AM

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And no there isn't any honey in antifreeze
Well, I remember hearing it was someplace... and this website says it is... and, we all know: If it's on the internet, it must be true. Posted Image

I would say, since no one is willing to take it.. I vote for the toilet.

#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Danny R

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Posted October 17 2003 - 03:27 AM

If you don't like your significant others, you could always put the antifreeze in their drink as this lady in Georgia apparently did to two of hers:

Georgia Antifreeze Murders
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#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted October 17 2003 - 04:13 AM

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What is this "freeze" that you speak of?


Actually a better title would be "anticorrosion" as that's what most of us get as the primary benefit. It also lubes the water pump. It never freezes around here either.
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#18 of 18 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted October 17 2003 - 10:08 AM

What is all this negative talk about freeze? Why so anti-freeze? Posted Image

According to this web site, used antifreeze can sometimes be considered Harardous waste:
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First, antifreeze would be considered hazardous waste if it is mixed with a hazardous waste (such as gasoline). Second, antifreeze could be hazardous if it comes from an older vehicle where the antifreeze has been sitting for years and has picked up enough metals (primarily lead) to be characteristically hazardous for metals content.



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