Altering your antifreeze is a significant aspect of preparing your vehicle for cold weather. Antifreeze is a liquid agent that prevents a vehicle’s engine from overheating during summer and seizing up during winter. Also known as Ethylene Glycol.
Over time, ethylene glycol can become very acidic, resulting in overheating and engine damage. In older vehicles, the agent can leak, decreasing coolant levels and needing a top-up. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend the change of antifreeze every 30,000-60,000 miles.
While it isn’t difficult to test, dispose of, and change your vehicle’s antifreeze, we recommend that you be knowledgeable when it comes to your engine as well as hazardous waste laws and recycling in your region.
If you’re looking to transport antifreeze, bulk liquid transportation using Techno Group USA Flexitanks will be necessary. Here’s what to expect when transporting antifreeze or ethylene glycol.
The transportation of antifreeze should take place in a bulk liquid transportation tank from Techno Group USA. If transporting in recipients, make sure the containers are well-secured while using a cable to maintain the containers in place if required. During the transportation, we recommend you label all containers with the date you changed the liquid agent along with the chemical/brand contents of the agent.
The major constituent of the agent is ethylene glycol, methanol, or propylene glycol, each of which comprises slightly varied toxicity levels. If oil or gas pollutes your agent, ensure you identify the chemicals that were included in the antifreeze.
Bear in mind that you can only recycle used antifreeze that is pure. We recommend you dispose of antifreeze that comprises traces of oil or gas at a waste facility. When transporting this agent, the containers should be structurally sound and compatible with the agent.
The containers should always be properly closed except when you’re adding or removing the agent from the container. Moreover, if transporting in bulk, the bulk liquid solutions must not reveal evidence of spillage, leakage, or damage.
You should handle and store engine fluids safely to prevent contact with animals, children, and the environment. Typically, the scent of fluids, for instance, brake fluid and engine oil put off young kids and animals from touching or drinking it.
However, the same doesn’t apply to antifreeze liquids. You find that numerous antifreeze formulas comprise ethylene glycol, which substituted methanol in contemporary antifreeze products because of its elevated boiling point, lower toxicity, and decreased freezing point.
However, ethylene glycol is toxic to animals and humans and ingestion is easy because of its sweet taste and smell. A major reason why ethylene glycol is dangerous is that it can be hard to spot in the body upon ingestion, with symptoms frequently being mistaken for other illnesses.
Beware that drinking small amounts of the fluid could cause death through kidney failure up to 72 hours following the initial poisoning, making it crucial that you keep the agent out of harm’s way. While you should keep antifreeze from children, it’s more hazardous to pets such as dogs and cats who might be drawn to the sweet smell, and ingest the agent without your knowledge, especially if you’ve spilled it on the floor.
Here’s a list of precautions you should take to ensure the proper storage and handling of antifreeze.
While it might be essential to pour antifreeze into a jug to allow easy pouring, you must maintain the agent in its original packaging for everyone to identify it.
In instances where an animal or child has ingested the agent, ensure you have the product’s safety information, including the ingredient list. This will assist medical personnel and vets to make a precise diagnosis and recommend the right treatment.
If the antifreeze is in a poorly designed container, we recommend you use a funnel to avoid any leaks on the floor. Make sure you wipe the bottle after usage.
Whether you store it in a shed or garage, store the agent in a difficult-to-reach place and always ensure the lid is tight and the safety lock is functioning.
Over time, packaging can deteriorate, so always ensure you label car fluids properly for easy identification. You wouldn’t want to include screen wash to the agent.
Due to the toxicity nature, you should recycle fluids along with their containers carefully. You should dispose of plastic containers in the hazardous bin at the local tip. When it comes to waste fluids, for instance, engine oil and coolant, you can take them to a local mechanic for recycling.
You shouldn’t mix waste antifreeze with used oil or other dangerous wastes, for instance, solvents or gasoline. When you mix waste antifreeze with other materials, it might lose its recycling capacity and might be subject to full prerequisites of the rules associated with hazardous waste. To prevent contamination of the liquid agent with other waste, don’t use storage containers and collection equipment that you’ve used previously to collect other hazardous materials or wastes unless you’ve decontaminated the equipment. This includes transfer pans, collection funnels, drums, buckets, and tanks.
Any sludge or filters generated from the recycling process must undergo an evaluation to determine whether they’re dangerous wastes while ensuring proper management. A recycling contractor who eliminates sludge and spent filter from a recycling unit at his or her facility becomes a waste generator.
Automotive antifreeze comprises chemicals that could be poisonous to people, animals, and plants. Consequently, the management and storage of antifreeze from end-of-life cars should take place to avoid spills that could pollute groundwater, soil, or surface water.