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Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? #4447649
07/02/17 05:40 PM
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I did a coolant drain/refill on my Accord this morning. Went to both Autozone and O'Reilly to dispose of the old coolant and Autozone said they "sometimes" take it and O'Reilly says they won't take it. What the [censored] is up with that? Curious as what they expect people to do? I find it pathetic in this day and age with all the "save the world" crusaders that no one is willing to recycle it.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447650
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Too many b8ns in the back maybe? Dunno for sure.

Look at www.earth911.org for places in your area that accept used coolant.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447655
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Some, but not all, Advance Auto Parts locations accept used coolant. They have a tank next to the used oil tank for it.

The locations should show up on the AAP website.

Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447675
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In many areas, draining coolant down the toilet is an acceptable means of disposal. It depends on local laws and how your waste gets treated. Definitely DON'T put it down a sewer drain, as these usually go right to streams/rivers.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447693
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Yes, here the proper disposal is down the sanitary (not storm) sewer drain.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447694
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Yeap. I have to go 20 miles north to the county dump to get rid of coolant. Is a huge annoyance. And I dont usually need to go that way for anything either, so I have to drive 40 miles for that one thing.
No one else takes it. Putting it down the drain is not an option since Im on a septic.

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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447701
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Waste Management here pick up hazardous waste (i.e. motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant) on trash day. I just leave it out and they take it.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447714
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I'm not sure what reuse or recycling options exist for coolant, so nobody really wants it.
Drain oil has actual value and can be either re-cracked for basestock or used as space heating fuel.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: fdcg27] #4447716
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As smart people we should really learn if our sanitary sewer can treat coolant.

Obviously NO-NO-NO in septic systems and storm drains.

Any country dweller can get to a town/city with sewage that goes to a adequate treatment plant.

Don't hurt Mother.

Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447717
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i suppose the question is who is the "they" you are referring to. whyb is the first thought that a private company your goto for disposal? some offer it as a convenience and marketting to get you back to the atore. but it is illogical to assume they are required to procide that service.
Do you expect to bring your garbage and leftover food scraps back to safeway for composting?

As said above your local or county waste service should have household hazardous waste and recycling info for you on where or how to recycle.

Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: Kira] #4447766
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Originally Posted By: Kira
As smart people we should really learn if our sanitary sewer can treat coolant.

Some municipal websites will indicate whether or not it can or should be done.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447817
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Black oil collection container for coolant. They would never know. Or mix with used oil. If they question it tell them you have a blown head gasket.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: raytseng] #4447828
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Originally Posted By: raytseng
i suppose the question is who is the "they" you are referring to. whyb is the first thought that a private company your goto for disposal? some offer it as a convenience and marketting to get you back to the atore. but it is illogical to assume they are required to procide that service.
Do you expect to bring your garbage and leftover food scraps back to safeway for composting?

As said above your local or county waste service should have household hazardous waste and recycling info for you on where or how to recycle.


Come on bro,I know you're not THAT stupid. Re-read my op and you'll very easily see who "they" are. Let's start with the basics. An auto parts store. They advertise all over their store to "recycle your oil,brake fluid,transmission fluid,gear oil,etc here". So......coolant. An automotive chemical that they sell. An automotive chemical that gets changed therefore needing to be recycled. Now I could see it being completely asinine if I drove up to my bank and asked the teller if I could recycle my used coolant there,or if I walked in to my local Red Cross and asked if I could donate not some blood,but some used coolant. But an auto parts store? Sorry dude I just don't see the fallacy there.


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Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: raytseng] #4447888
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Originally Posted By: raytseng
i suppose the question is who is the "they" you are referring to. whyb is the first thought that a private company your goto for disposal? some offer it as a convenience and marketting to get you back to the atore. but it is illogical to assume they are required to procide that service.
Do you expect to bring your garbage and leftover food scraps back to safeway for composting?

As said above your local or county waste service should have household hazardous waste and recycling info for you on where or how to recycle.


In many jurisdictions, "they" (being the authorities) partner with private businesses to act as the collection points.

It happens with vehicle fluids, it happens with paint, and other hazardous household waste like batteries, electronics and fluorescent tubes.

Not illogical at all.

Re: Why will no one take/recycle used coolant? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4447891
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In my area Sam's Club is listed as accepting antifreeze in addition to municipal household hazardous waste collection sites / programs. I'd call ahead in any case.

http://search.earth911.com/?what=Antifre...y=&sponsor=

Although not listed, might call Firestone Complete Auto Care and ask if they'll accept used coolant. They took my used automatic transmission filter for recycling after calling ahead although not listed as something they accept for recycling.

No FLAPS in my area advertise accepting used coolant / antifreeze, here in the 7th largest city in the USA. Same in Austin, the most Californized piece of Texas there is.


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