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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 five 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 and batteries are reprocessed, refurbished or reused to make new products—easing the demand for energy and virgin resources.

Event Calendar

City of Toronto – Thompson Memorial Park
Thompson Memorial Park 1005 Brimley Road Toronto M1P 3E8 Canada
September 12, 2019 4 - 8 p.m.

Dorset – Ridout Ward Transfer Station
Ridout Ward Transfer Station 21909 Ontario 35 Dorset P0A 1E0 Canada
June 22, 2019 1pm - 5pm

Dwight Transfer Station
Dwight Transfer Station 1020 Oxtongue Rapids Park Road Dwight P0A 1H0 Canada
July 18, 2019 9am - 2pm

About Us

The five materials in the Orange Drop program are managed by Stewardship Ontario (batteries & 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

July Contest: Answer the Orange Drop trivia question and you could win Toronto Blue Jays tickets
Blog Post

July 5, 2019 - Orange Drop has launched a contest open to Ontario residents, running from July 5 to July 31, 2019. The prize is one pair of two (2) tickets to a Toronto Blue Jays game; 1 winner total. Participants can enter either on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook, participants must enter the correct answer to the Orange Drop trivia question in the Facebook Contest Form. On Twitter, participants must tweet reply the correct answer to the Orange Drop trivia question Visit our Facebook page or Twitter page to find the post. The rules and regulations for the contest are accessible here.