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Old 05-14-2001, 08:13 PM
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My next weekend project would be replacing the coolant. However I don't know where I can have the old coolant recycled here in Southern California. Vaguely remember a post in a news group says that you can dump the coolant in the sewage and it will discompose pretty quickly. However, it doesn't seem right to the environment. Any idea?
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Old 05-15-2001, 07:03 AM
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You can put it in milk jugs or a similar container and take it to Jiffy Lube or an auto service station. They might charge a fee to dispose it, just depends on the place and people.
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Old 05-16-2001, 12:33 PM
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hancheng, ..I firmly believe that you don't recycle this type of contaminants. It need to be dispose properly , this liquid is toxic, the ground is not the best place to dump it. It could contaminate the water lens where you and me get the water for drinking. The sewer is the safe place to go, the plant, ...all liquids are being treated before it is being dispose to the sea or any other bodies of water. I'm glad to feel that you do care for our environment.
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Old 05-16-2001, 01:30 PM
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Recycle All Antifreeze...

Do not dump this stuff into the sewer, down the sink, or in the toilet!!

The auto parts store where you buy the replacement, your Mercedes dealer (if you bought it there), or a branch of your local government can either accept it, or direct you to a recycling center.

The base material of antifreeze is Ethylene Glycol, and is so toxic that it is rated as a poison. It is also sweet, so animals are attracted to it, and will drink it if it is left out. They will soon die afterwards. Do not leave it out in the open, do not allow your own pets or kids anywhere near it, and do not take this matter lightly...

Here's a quote from a Popular Mechanics article on flushing your cooling system:

"If your car has a copper radiator or heater core, the coolant is contaminated with lead solder. Many municipalities have hazardous-waste disposal facilities that will take it. Also, in most of the United States it's illegal for professional mechanics to dispose of used coolant, so you may be able to take it to the local shop and ask if they'll handle it."

So, as you can see, there's more contaminants to worry about besides the EG, there's also lead.
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