- Ethylene and propylene glycol used or intended for use as a vehicle engine coolant
- Antifreeze returned in containers 30 litres or less (includes unused product or flushed product after Do-It-Yourself (DIY) service)
Why are Vehicle Engine Antifreeze/Coolants in Orange Drop Program?
They contain toxic ingredients. Improper storage or disposal of ethylene glycol antifreeze has the potential to negatively impact human health and the environment. Ethylene glycol based antifreeze is sweet tasting and may be unintentionally ingested by small children or animals if stored or disposed of improperly. Ethylene glycol is chemically broken down in the body into toxic compounds that affect the central nervous system, heart and kidneys. Although antifreeze based on propylene glycol is much less toxic than that based on ethylene glycol, collection and proper end-of-life management is important for resource conservation.
- Most municipal transfer stations and depots
- Some local automotive service centres or garages
- A service centre or garage will manage your discarded antifreeze if you have it changed at either of these locations
- Use our search tool or check with your municipality for other drop-off locations and events such as Community Environment Days
Do I Need to Take Storage or Transport Precautions?
- Collect and store spent antifreeze in a sealed, labeled, plastic or metal container, away from heat sources, children and pets
- Handle antifreeze in an area that’s well ventilated, clean up spills with absorbent material, such as cat litter
What Happens to my Waste?
Collected antifreeze is sent for processing and refining prior to being resold to the market as vehicle antifreeze, or used for other applications.