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How Do I Dispose of Gasoline ?

Use gasoline in your lawn mower

How do I get rid of gasoline that's been sitting in my garage ?

The best way to dispose of gasoline is to use it in your lawn mower or vehicle if it's in good condition but based on the manufacturer's recommendations. Gasoline tends to have added detergents and stabilizers that allow it to last longer than people would expect. Even still, it's known that old gasoline may sometimes have water accumulation depending on how it has been stored. It may also appear to have sediment which may gum or plug a fuel system if not treated/stabilized effectively. With extremely old gasoline, you can usually see a dramatic color difference and sediment build-up, and/or smell an odor not usually associated with new gasoline.


If you believe the gasoline is simply too old, tainted, and cannot be stabilized, call a hazardous materials waste disposal service to handle it for you. Waste Management and/or commercial organizations are usually listed in the Yellow Pages under Environmental and Ecological Services, or Waste Management. Frequently organizations will charge you a small fee for this service. You can also call local automotive repair shops since they will sometimes take gasoline or oil.

Do not dispose of gasoline by pouring it into the soil, storm drain, sewer, any body of water, or by placing it in the garbage no matter how well the gasoline may be contained. Disposing of gasoline in the trash may result in environmental contamination, fire, or worse. Trash collectors / trash sorters will report violations they observe and this may result in fines or criminal liability.

Remember that gasoline is one of the most flammable and toxic substances you can find in your home. Keep gasoline out of reach of children, pets, and not anywhere near any flame or source of ignition.

Do not dispose of gasoline by pouring it into the soil.
Do not dispose of gasoline by pouring it into the soil
Pouring in a sink, storm drain, or any body of water is improper disposal.
Pouring in a sink, storm drain, or any body of water is improper disposal.


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