Antifreeze Recycling

C.L.E.A.N. recycles your used antifreeze into a re-manufactured material via its authorized antifreeze recyclers. The containment units (drums, totes etc…)
we supply come in many different sizes for your on-site antifreeze storage requirements, which can later be removed by our antifreeze collection program. We offer routine pick-ups or scheduled call ins with complete recycling that will prevent any overflow situations which can lead to messy and unwanted spills.

Before initiating in our recycling program for your antifreeze, C.L.E.A.N. will require a minimum 1 Litre sample of the used antifreeze you intend to recycle before shipping the used coolant to our processing facility.

Our lab technicians will perform tests on the sample to determine its suitability for recycling. We require a minimum of two days to perform the analysis.

Contaminants that would prohibit recycling include:

  • Ammonia
  • Solvent
  • Carburetor or brake cleaners
  • Transmission or brake fluids
  • Windshield washer fluids
  • Freon
  • Gasoline
  • Soap
  • What is antifreeze?

Almost all forms of coolants and heat transfer fluids rely on a glycol antifreeze to lower the freezing point of the solution. Common nomenclature calls the resulting solution antifreeze as well. Technically, though, it is more appropriate to call these solutions engine coolants or heat transfer fluids. There are two varieties of glycol: ethylene glycol and propylene glycol. Both can be used in automotive or heavy-duty engine coolants or glycol-based heat transfer fluids. Modern engines use a mixture of glycol and water for coolant, with corrosion inhibitor chemicals and dyes included with the glycol.

Best Management Practices

  • Store used antifreeze in approved containment units that are in good condition and labeled “Used Antifreeze Only”
  • Do not mix used antifreeze with any waste or other material such as solvents, cooling system flushes, used oil, or fuel products
  • Use antifreeze collection, storage, and transport containment units solely for the transfer and storage of antifreeze to minimize any risks of cross-contamination
  • Antifreeze containment units should be securely closed at all times, except when emptying or filling, to minimize the potential of a spillage
  • Keep used antifreeze containment units in secure areas. Proper maintenance will ensure they do not leak, rupture, or tip over
  • Clean up spills of used antifreeze immediately
  • Keep proof of an invoice or bill of lading for any off-site recycling
  • Educate employees on proper handling and spill response procedures