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Antifreeze (including antifreeze containers)

Antifreeze (including antifreeze containers)

Antifreeze is made of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol, both cooling and heat transfer agents that prevent your car from freezing in winter and overheating in summer. Both are petroleum products which can wreak havoc on the environment if disposed of improperly and cause death if ingested.

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How do I go green?


To use less antifreeze, drive less. By leaving your car at home once a week or switching to bus or bike commuting, you’ll help the health of the planet in innumerable ways. When buying a car, choose a small vehicle with superb gas mileage; you’ll use less of all car fluids. Keep your car in good shape by using the proper mixture of antifreeze and de-ionized water (not tap water) and buy no more than you need.


Used antifreeze can be processed using a filter and reused, however, not all shops will accept used antifreeze. Canadian Tire and Fountain Tire are two that will; check below for a full listing.


Anitfreeze and antifreez containers have recently been added to the used oil recycling product stewardship program for motor oil, motor oil filters and motor oil containers. 
Return used antifreeze to any of the facilities listed here or in the list below. The Hartland Landfill Recycling Facility accepts residential quantities of used and leftover antifreeze at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Facility—it’s free to bring household hazardous waste for drop off.


  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • Gurton's Garage Ltd.

    9139 East Saanich Road

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Terrapure Environmental

    All locations in capital region


  • The Environmental Story

    Used or leftover antifreeze is poisonous to flora and fauna alike. After being used, antifreeze can contain heavy metals which can contaminate watersheds and soils. As antifreeze is petroleum based, it’s also a non-renewable resource, and takes energy to produce, which increases its impact on our planet. Proper disposal of antifreeze, as a household hazardous waste, is imperative to protect children and pets from poisoning and our rivers and oceans from pollution.

    Did You Know?

    Used Antifreeze contains heavy metals and other impurities and has to be handled with care to both protect the environment and ensure that pets do not inadvertently ingest it. Like oil, antifreeze is also a product that is highly recyclable, with most of the used antifreeze being recycled into new automotive antifreeze that is sold to customers in BC. The antifreeze containers are collected together with oil containers. They are recycled to make new oil and antifreeze containers and other plastic products.