Whether you’re emptying a gas tank before selling an old vehicle, getting rid of stock fuel in your garage or when you’ve unfortunately put the wrong type of fuel in your gas tank for whatever reason, you might be left with diesel fuel that needs disposing. Fossil fuels have a negative effect on the environment if disposed of improperly so it’s definitely in your best interest to have this type of waste well taken care of. Stocking fuel in your garage, shed or trunk can also be dangerous, especially in very hot environments, and if these are not stored in proper containers.
- You have to determine that what you have actually is diesel. This can be done by marking and labeling the containers in your garage accordingly. Fuel that has been contaminated by other substances such as water should be treated as hazardous material. If you have doubts, err on the side of caution and just label it as something potentially harmful.
- If you can confidently conclude that the fuel truly is diesel fuel that is free from contamination, you may use the fuel on a vehicle or a piece of equipment that runs on diesel. Equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws and leaf blowers could be perfect candidates for this purpose. Some boat engines also run on diesel, so you could perhaps recycle.
- Ask others you know if they need diesel fuel and offer them the amount that you have in your garage. Most people would probably take you up on your offer as long as you can prove to them that the fuel that you’re giving them is safe to use.
- Contact a local waste disposal or trash company if you have any concerns about the fuel and wish to dispose of it. Make sure that you’ve exhausted all possible options to reuse or recycle the fuel before resorting to this step. Ask the company if they have special programs or modules that may help you in the future. Most of these companies give out brochures and booklets about these topics as a public service.
- Skim through the yellow pages for a licensed hazardous waste collector. Properly trained personnel should be the ones to take care of the wastes similar to this nature. Their certification ensures that they are familiar with the protocols that are consistent with government guidelines for disposing hazardous material. This would probably cost you more money, but doing it yourself might be a greater hassle. The damage that could be caused by improper disposal and storage could easily outweigh this one-time fee. Sometimes, it’s really better if you let the trained professionals do what they are specialized to do instead of trying to do it yourself.
These days, with the problems of global warming and pollution worldwide, green is the way to go. If you need to dispose of diesel fuel, first try to recycle. If you can’t find a need for recycling, then the best way to go is to dispose of it the cleanest way possible.