Information, resources, and examples for the SABRC category, antifreeze products.

Minimum Content Requirements

  • State agencies are required to purchase 70 percent postconsumer antifreeze (PCC section 12209(g)).
  • This requirement applies to recycled antifreeze and antifreeze containing a bittering agent or made from polypropylene or other similar non-toxic substance.
  • At least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products meeting the 70 percent postconsumer requirement. 
  • For statutes specifically pertaining to antifreeze products, refer to the antifreeze products section on the Statutes Pertaining to the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign.
  • Please see the SABRC section on the State Agency’s Laws and Regulation webpage for general, relevant SABRC legislation. 



Recycling Antifreeze and its Benefits

In California, it is illegal to dispose of antifreeze in the trash, ground, or storm drains. The Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) regulates antifreeze, because it is hazardous to public health and the environment. 

Antifreeze is a mixture of water (3%), additives (2%), and ethylene or propylene glycol (95%). Ethylene and propylene glycols are manufactured from natural gas and crude petroleum, both of which are non-renewable resources. Recycling antifreeze conserves the earth’s limited natural resources by reclaiming glycol.

California Recycled Antifreeze Manufacturers*

*Identification of individuals, companies, and products on this list does not automatically guarantee compliance with SABRC, EPP, local air quality, or other agency specific requirements, nor does it constitute endorsement by CalRecycle. Please purchase according to your agency’s minimum requirements or standards. This list is not comprehensive.

Resources & Guidelines

  • Antifreeze and Responsible Use: This fact sheet explains what antifreeze is and mentions the hazardous effects it could have on our health and the environment. It also presents practical ideas on how to use, store, recycle, and properly dispose of antifreeze.
  • Recycling Antifreeze: This website details how to recycle antifreeze and lists products created from recycled antifreeze.
  • DTSC Antifreeze Recycling Presentation: An overview of antifreeze environmental concerns, recycling process, and recycling standards. 
  • DTSC Equipment and Supplies Web Page: List of equipment and supplies by company name, including antifreeze.

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