How to Dispose of Old Gas

How to Dispose of Old Gas

How to Dispose of Old Gas

Ever wonder if gasoline ever goes bad? Well, it sure does. Curious to find out what to do with it when it does go bad? We’ll clue you in on how to properly dispose of expired gasoline below.

It’s important to know how to dispose of old gasoline due to its flammability, which could pose various safety hazard risks.

1. Determine whether the gasoline is tainted or expired

In order to determine if the gas is tainted or expired, transfer a small portion of it in a glass object or canister. Then, transfer fresh gasoline into another glass object and compare the two. 

If the uncertain gasoline has a stronger color or produces more of a foul smell than the fresh gasoline, then you can assume it has most likely exceeded its usability date. Even though the preservative, ethanol, is added into gasoline nowadays in order to increase its shelf-life, it still would not prevent the quality of gasoline from deteriorating after exceeding over a couple months in storage. Although old gasoline will not damage an engine, the possibility of it causing the engine to run deficient or to not run at all are very high. 

Alternatively, if the gasoline is depicting components of dirt, rust, or blemishes, these would be first signs that the gas is tainted and must not be used or reused in any way. Corrupted gas must be properly disposed of as you will learn below.

2. Look into the closest disposing facility for tainted or expired gasoline

Begin with the following four guides on the closest places near you where you can bring gasoline, especially taking note of when they are open for visitors.

  • Contact your local fire department and confirm. Considering the flammable nature of gasoline, a fire department would know best regarding special tips on how to responsibly handle gasoline while also providing references on where old gasoline can be taken.
  • Use the web to search up “hazardous waste destruction facilities” near you in your specific town, state, or country.
  • Contact an auto repair shop near you and inquire if they would be willing to relieve you of the gas for their own use and purposes. Even though many are likely to reject this offer due to the extra expense they would incur from the transfer, it never hurts to reach out and ask. 
  • Contact your town or country waste management organization and inquire what they would do with the gasoline and where it would go.

3. Utilize the expired gasoline

Although old gasoline loses its full ability to power an engine, it is still safe to utilize it in an outdoor automobile or tool if combined with fresh gasoline. All you have to do is follow these guidelines to avoid risks or concerns.

  • For instance, if your snowmobile only has less or equal to half a tank of expired gasoline, then it is safe to fill up the remainder of the tank with new gasoline in order for the snowmobile to run as effectively. 
  • You can always dilute higher volumes of old gasoline into your automobile. It is recommended that you refer to your automobile’s manual or research online for the proper capacity of gasoline the tank can hold.

It is always beneficial to inquire at local auto shops about tips on how to dilute expired and fresh gasoline safely into an automobile. Although, there is always the option to completely discard the old gasoline, especially if it has a darker looking color to it.

4. Transport the expired gas into a government approved container

When transporting gasoline from one container to another, it is wise to use a funnel so that it pours in directly without any mess. An example of a government approved container would be considered a plastic jug. According to various fire guidelines, it is vital for each container to hold no more than 5 gallons of gasoline. 

When pouring, be sure to take your time and go slow in order to prevent spillage or splatter and make note to not fill the container all the way and to leave at least 5% of space for the vapor. Note to keep as much distance between your face and the gasoline in order to reduce inhaling a significant amount of the fumes. Be sure to firmly secure the container promptly after you have finished transferring the oil in order to avoid dripping or flow of gasoline. 

Make sure the container is placed in an upright position and in a bin or case in order to further insure safety measures. After you are finished handling the gasoline, be sure to properly wash your hands with soap so that they are fully clean of any gasoline that may have made contact with you.

5. Take the gasoline to a disposal facility

When driving an automobile with a container of gasoline, be sure to drive with utmost caution and safety while also avoiding smoking in the vehicle at all costs, as this poses a safety threat in such a confined environment.

When you arrive at the disposal facility, you will most likely be allowed to transfer your gas into the facility’s storage container and take an extra empty 5 gallon container they may offer for your future use of gasoline disposal.

6. Handle potential spillage of gas

If you notice that blotches of gas have transferred onto your clothes, be sure to put on new clothes promptly and direct your attention to the stain on your clothing. The initial thing to do would be to wipe off any extra blotches with a rag or cloth. After that, pour baking soda on top of the stained sections so that it can soak up the extra gas. After letting that rest for a couple minutes, use dish soap to scrub the stain before throwing the piece of clothing into the washing machine on the highest water heat. Then, it is best advised to line dry the clothing in case there is still gasoline on the clothing, which could pose a potential safety hazard if thrown into a dryer.

If gasoline was leaked onto the road, be sure to use a sponge or absorbing tool to fully get rid of any excess gasoline. 

How to Dispose of Old Gas: Bottom line…

It is crucial to know how to dispose of old gas due to safety hazards, health risks, and environmental risks. It is also important to recognize your options when it comes to deciding to reuse old gas or completely discarding it. Being safe is always better than being sorry, especially when it comes to flammable products.

Written By: Michelle Aminov

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