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Vehicle Engine Antifreeze/Coolant and its Containers

  • 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.

Find a Drop Site

  • 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.

What
Happens to
my Waste?

The Orange Drop program safely manages four materials to end-of-life, diverting harmful substances from landfill and waterways. Many of the materials collected through the Orange Drop Program, such as pressurized containers are reprocessed, refurbished or reused to make new products—easing the demand for energy and virgin resources.

Event Calendar

Stratford Landfill
Stratford Landfill 777 Romeo Street South Stratford N5A 6S5 Canada
May 30, 2020 9 - 12 p.m.

Town of Bancroft Waste Site
Town of Bancroft Waste Site 164 Pinnacle Road L'Amable K0L 2L0 Canada
June 13, 2020 9 - 2 p.m.

Marmora Municipal Parking Lot
Marmora Municipal Parking Lot 19 Bursthall Street Marmora K0K 2M0 Canada
August 29, 2020 9 - 2 p.m.

About Us

The four materials in the Orange Drop program are managed by Stewardship Ontario (pressurized containers) and Automotive Materials Stewardship (antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters).

Stewardship Ontario and Automotive Materials Stewardship are both not-for-profit organizations funded and governed by the industries that are the brand owners, first importers or franchisors of the products and packaging materials managed under our recycling programs.

At Orange Drop, we strive to find new ways to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s consumer products.

Blog

Orange Drop no longer responsible for single-use batteries
Blog Post

June 30, 2020 - As of June 30, 2020, Orange Drop is no longer responsible for the management of single-use batteries. The program has transferred over to an individual producer model, as per direction from the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. For more information on the new program and how to safely dispose of your batteries, please visit: https://rpra.ca/programs/batteries/. Please remember that batteries are dangerous if put in your recycling bin and should always be returned to a drop-off location.

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