What can I do with used antifreeze?

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As antifreeze goes through an engine, it picks up heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium and chromium. The mixture of antifreeze and heavy metals is toxic to the environment and animal life. Used antifreeze can be processed through a filtering system and reused.

On July 1, 2011, the BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) launched a recycling program for used antifreeze and antifreeze containers. These products can be dropped off for free at participating retailers and automotive shops across the province. To find the nearest drop-off location, contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline or visit the RCBC Recyclepedia or BCUOMA websites.

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