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Disposing of coolant? #4704655
03/23/18 07:22 PM
03/23/18 07:22 PM
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HoosierJeeper Offline OP
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Autozone doesn't take it, haven't tried other parts stores yet but assuming the same. The local dump takes an act of Congress to be open. Only open the 1st and third Saturday each month and 9-12 Monday through Thursday. So what is a man to do lol? Does anyone know if any of the chains take it?


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704660
03/23/18 07:30 PM
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Check your local sewage treatment policy. Mine, and many others, allow it.

Last edited by user52165; 03/23/18 07:31 PM.
Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: user52165] #4704664
03/23/18 07:33 PM
03/23/18 07:33 PM
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The Midwest
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Originally Posted By: user52165
Check your local sewage treatment policy. Mine, and many others, allow it.


i use to throw mine down the toilet when I had city water and sewage.


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: user52165] #4704669
03/23/18 07:36 PM
03/23/18 07:36 PM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
Trav Offline
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Originally Posted By: user52165
Check your local sewage treatment policy. Mine, and many others, allow it.


Same here, they say it doesn't harm the bacteria at the waste water treatment plant.


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: Trav] #4704673
03/23/18 07:41 PM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Same in this city.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704679
03/23/18 07:43 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
The city here has a hazardous waste place open on saturdays. From 9-12... Don't want to pour it in our drinking water for sure.


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704693
03/23/18 07:59 PM
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Yep, if your municipal sewerage district permits it then dump away. In Milwaukee they allow it but encourage recycling. As Trav noted it not only doesn't harm the bacteria it feeds them, some municipal systems used to want the glycol to keep the bacteria growing.

Never dump it into a septic system however, nor into a storm drain. Only into the sewer if permitted.


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704705
03/23/18 08:16 PM
03/23/18 08:16 PM
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New York
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New York
I leave it out to evaporate or dilute it heavily with water and do the same. I think most coolant is ethylene glycol.

It's really not that bad if it's 50/50 to begin with. The average sedan cooling system takes what, 1.5-1.75 gallons? A gallon and a half of 50/50 is only .75 gallons of actual ethylene glycol.

According to this document it's safe for the environment to some extent. This article also discusses bacteria conversion into CO2 and water:
http://www.huntsman.com/performance_prod...and_effects.pdf

Obviously you do not want to be pouring this straight on to the ground or near any place where it would run off or enter a drinkable water source or to a storm drain. As long as you can contain it, keep animals away, dilute it heavily and let it degrade I don't see a problem.

Coolant is far less damaging to the environment than oil. I've seen neighbors just loose the petcock on their radiators and drain all of their coolant in the radiator, right out on to the street. Makes me cringe, but at least it isn't oil. Recycling oil is a must. Coolant? As long as it is diluted I guess it's not that bad.


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: kschachn] #4704727
03/23/18 08:33 PM
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Georgia
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Originally Posted By: kschachn
Yep, if your municipal sewerage district permits it then dump away. In Milwaukee they allow it but encourage recycling. As Trav noted it not only doesn't harm the bacteria it feeds them, some municipal systems used to want the glycol to keep the bacteria growing.

Never dump it into a septic system however, nor into a storm drain. Only into the sewer if permitted.
+1 That is what they taught us in a hazmat class that I had to attend while working for the .gov.

Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704741
03/23/18 09:07 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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You can input your ZIP code here to find places in your area that accept items like used coolant. For instance two specific Sam's Club locations are listed in the city I live in besides the municipal household hazardous waste programs.


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704744
03/23/18 09:13 PM
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'Stralia
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Sewar is fine...

I just wish that I'd saved the last few years of coolant to protect the tens of square yards of wood at my new place.

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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704768
03/23/18 10:02 PM
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Indiana
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Indiana
Our local Advance Auto accepts coolant.

Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704774
03/23/18 10:13 PM
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HoosierJeeper Offline OP
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I can't find anything about my county saying it's ok to put in the sewer (I'm on the city sewer). The other issue is it's in my oil change pan, so it's kinda mixed with oil too. smirk


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Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704857
03/24/18 02:19 AM
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I just dump it where ever the vehicles is sitting when I'm flushing. Most goes down the driveway, some in the grass. Grass seems good.

Re: Disposing of coolant? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4704877
03/24/18 04:24 AM
03/24/18 04:24 AM
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Char Baby Offline
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My county has a recycling center for coolant, paints, and other chemicals along with electronics etc. I only need to call and make an appt and it's only every other Saturday.


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