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How to Recycle Antifreeze Fluid

How to Recycle Antifreeze Fluid

Even though antifreeze is a common automotive product, it is a poison and needs to be disposed of carefully.

Antifreeze cannot be recycled and both the contents and container must be disposed of through a hazardous waste scheme. 

The following hazardous waste schemes will take antifreeze: Victoria’s Detox Your Home, Household Chemical CleanOut NSW, and Zero Waste SA.

In other states there are commercial and council options available. Check for your recycling locations here.

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Science Notes
Most antifreeze in modern cars is an ethylene glycol (C2H6O2) or propylene glycol (C3H802) solution. Used antifreeze can also contain traces of metals, such as lead, cadmium, and chromium.

Related Tip

Antifreeze has a sweet smell which makes it attractive for pets and children. Approximately 2 tablespoons of antifreeze is enough to kill a dog. Your pet will display the following symptoms if antifreeze gets in their system 

Excessive thirst
Excessive urination

Loss of co-ordination

If your pet is displaying these symptoms, it is critical that you seek veterinary assistance immediately.