Is Gasoline Recyclable?

Is gasoline recyclable? An oil disposal company takes the oil and gasoline that recycling centers recieve. Gasoline, in and of itself, can not be recycled. When it is used to power a motor vehicle it is...

Gasoline, in and of itself, can not be recycled. When it is used to power a motor vehicle it is burned off and turned into a gaseous waste. However, gasoline in a canister can be used for a variety of things, and can sometimes still be usable after it has been sitting in that canister for a lengthy amount of time.

If a vehicle has gasoline in it, and you are planning on letting it sit un-operated for an extended period of time, there are stabilizing additives you can put in to keep the gasoline usable and reduce the chances that you will need to drain the gasoline from the tank before you start the engine again. Stabilizers can be found at hardware and auto parts stores or online. Be sure to follow the product's instructions.

Gasoline that has gotten a small amount of water into it is not necessarily unusable. You can purchase what is called a gas rejuvenating product which helps bring the gasoline close to its original state. After adding a rejuvenator, you can slowly use small amounts at a time inside your vehicle. You can also try to donate old yet usable gasoline to mechanics and repair shops to be recycled.

Gasoline that has been inside of a vehicle or stored in a gasoline canister for a very long period of time (12 months or more) and has not had a stabilizer or rejuvenator added to it is most likely unusable. Attempting to use it could cause damage to the engine of the vehicle you put it into. You should avoid storing gasoline in this manner if at all possible.

If you have a small amount of gasoline with a lot of water in it, you can let it evaporate. Put it in a safe, well-ventilated area, away from heat sources and outside of your home. Also, keep it away from children or pets to avoid inhalation and poisoning. Vapors from gasoline may be difficult to smell or be invisible, but are still very dangerous and can poison someone or easily ignite.

Gasoline is toxic and flammable and should never be poured down a drain, into storm sewers, onto the ground or thrown into the trash. Disposing of it in any of those ways can cause an explosion or contaminate the air and/or groundwater. To get rid of a large quantity of unusable gasoline, contact your local waste facilities or the local health department and speak to hazardous waste personnel.

Tracy Herring, Supervisor for the City of Round Rock Environmental Services in Round Rock, Texas explains of her facility, "We have an oil disposal company currently that comes in and takes oil and gas away. The guys come to service the tankers we have out there. These oil and gasoline tankers are recycled by a fuel burning process."

It is best to leave the proper disposal methods to the experts to avoid poisoning and pollution. Try to avoid having unusable gasoline in your possession to begin with. But, if it happens, dispose of it properly and do the right thing for the environment.

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