How to Dispose of Lightbulbs and 9 Other Hazardous Items

When in doubt, don’t toss it out — read this first
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Antifreeze

The antifreeze that keeps your car rolling on cold days can harm people and pets. Ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, the most commonly used types of automotive antifreeze, are poisonous, so it’s crucial to discard used antifreeze properly, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Never pour antifreeze on the ground, in a septic system or down a storm drain. Instead, check Earth911.org to see if a recycling center in your area takes antifreeze for recycling. Or call local automotive shops to ask if they accept used antifreeze. Otherwise, check with your city or county for disposal rules.

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