8 things you must know to dispose of old gasoline in a safe way

Sep 24, 2019 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips
Here is a handy guide on how to get rid of and dispose of gasoline in a safe way, as well as the things you need to know when handling gasoline.

Gasoline is needed to power farm machinery, generators, and automobiles. Suffice it is to say that our world revolves around it. It is highly flammable, thus, safe and proper disposal is necessitated.

A legal framework was made for the proper and safe disposal of old gasoline. Improper gas disposal is dangerous for the environment and can destroy the ecosystem. Philkotse.com is here to help you get rid of old gas safely.

old gasoline

Gasoline is needed to power farm machinery, generators, and automobiles

1. Checking the old gasoline’s usability

You can check the old gas if it can still be combined with a new one depending on the span of time it was left unused. Inspect the color and smell of the gasoline. If it has a sour smell and dark color, it means it is already contaminated. 

You need to dispose of old gas that is left unused for several months. Search for any disposal container that is recommended by the government then pour the old gasoline there.

In some cases, old gasoline that has already lost its potency can still be diluted with a new one. It can be utilized in some machinery used in farming.

New vs old gasoline

Old gasoline that has already lost its potency can still be diluted with a new one

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2. Look for safe disposal areas

Look for allocated spots in your area where you can safely dispose of gasoline along with other substances that are hazardous to people and the environment. If you don't know any safe disposal areas, you can search online and check the nearest spot in your location. You can also contact the local waste management disposal unit in your city.

safe disposal area

Look for allocated spots in your area where you can safely dispose of gasoline

You should prepare some cash because some disposal centers will charge a few for their service. For large quantities of gasoline, then you will need to hire a private waste disposal unit. Again, you can utilize the internet to search for companies offering these services.

These private disposal companies will get your old/stocked gasoline then bring it to their safe disposal centers. Expect a more expensive fee since the services will be coming from a private firm.

3. Attend community events

Some localities organize events that inform the community on how to dispose of their garbage and trash safely. The municipal council manages this type of activities. During these events, citizens can bring their old and unused gasoline for safe disposal. You can ask your community for the exact day for gasoline disposal.

community event

Some localities organize events that inform the community on how to dispose of their garbage and trash safely

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4. Call car repair shops

Most car repair shops deal with gasoline disposal. Try contacting them when you want to get rid of your old gasoline. Most of the time, these shops also have brake and motor fluids disposal services. Be a good customer, and they might extend their services for you with no charge.

Gasoline disposal station

Most car repair shops deal with gasoline disposal

5. Gasoline container

Prevent discarding old gasoline with other trash. Always remember that it is highly combustible, which may cause a fire. Additionally, you should avoid flushing the gas out into the water system. It might get into the water which is utilized for domestic use. Every country has its regulations and penalties for any who don't follow the correct and safe procedure when disposing of gasoline.

Look for a gasoline approved container then pour the old fuel in it. These types of containers can accommodate up to five gallons. It also comes with a seal which ensures that there will be no leaks.

Gasoline container

Look for a gasoline approved container then pour the old fuel in it

6. Dealing with gasoline spills

Be extra careful in handling gasoline. Any leak or discharge can be harmful if they come in contact with fire. For clothes that come in contact with the gas, take it off immediately then wash it with water and soap. To clean off the area with spills of gasoline, use baking soda. Wash your clothes repeatedly until the gasoline smell is gone.

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7. Do not smoke around gasoline

If you are handling gas, you should never smoke or be near to anyone who smokes. Even a little spill can already lead to a severe fire if it comes in contact with a cigarette. Additionally, it's harmful to inhale gasoline fumes.

It if occurs, and you begin to feel dizzy, immediately seek medical attention. In case you accidentally swallow gasoline, immediately drink milk.  Don't forget to wash your hands and eyes using soap and cold water after handling gas.

Handling gas

If you are handling gas, you should never smoke or be near to anyone who smokes

In case you start feeling a burning sensation in your hands after handling gasoline, seek medical help as soon as possible. You should also make sure that old gas is kept out of children’s reach. Remember that kids are curious and they might consume gasoline, thinking that it's water.

8. Reusing old gasoline

Keep in mind that not all the time, old fuel needs to be thrown away. You can actually reuse it with just a little filtering. Use a funnel with a filter at its bottom then pour the gasoline in it. It will remove any deposits and contaminants present in the old gas. You can utilize a clean cloth as an alternative to the filter to rid off deposits.

You can use old gasoline to run your grass cutter or lawnmower. If you still want to use it to fire up your engine, you will need to combine it with new gasoline. It's recommended to add fuel additives when mixing old and new gasoline. It will help in breaking down any unwanted substance present in the old fuel.

Reuse old gasoline

Keep in mind that not all the time, old fuel needs to be thrown away

In addition to gasoline disposal, you need to make sure that the container stays in a standing position.  It will prevent spills because it will not tip over.

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Always remember that old gasoline should be disposed of safely and properly. It can be reused as long as it is still in good condition. You should also take extra precaution since gasoline is highly flammable and can cause a fire if it comes in contact with flame or cigarette.

Remember that proper gasoline disposal will not only save you from the risk of fire, but it also saves the environment where you are living. Gasoline, along with other car fluids such as motor oil, brake fluid, coolant, etc. should be appropriately disposed of. It will promote a safe and healthy environment for you and the community.

Author

Hanna Sanchez

Hanna is one of the most competitive swimmers in the country during her day. It was not long before she discovered her passion for the automotive industry as well. Nowadays, she balances her passion through writing as well as coaching.