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Old 06-09-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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Plastic Jerry Can help

I honestly have no idea what forum to post this in, so I just default to the coolest one

I have two plastic jerry cans that have had gasoline in them for probably 9 years.

I am wondering what do I need to do if I want to actually use them this summer, eg properly disposing of the gasoline currently in them and then cleaning? or treating? the jerry cans so I can properly store new gasoline.

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Removable tanks, such as those that come with boat motors, motorcycles and lawn care equipment tend to be easier to clean. However, they usually hold gasoline mixed with oil and tend to be left sitting longer between uses, so cleaning them is essential. The tank should be removed from its moorings and drained of any fuel. The fuel itself should be strained through a thick cloth if one intends to use it again. Once empty, throw in a handful of screws, bolts and nuts as well as a quart of cleaning solvent. The best cleaning solvent to use is acetone, given its tendency to vaporize quickly. The metal will help to scour the insides of the tank free of anything that would stick. Seal the cap of the tank, and then shake it thoroughly before pouring out the solvent and metal. You may need to rinse out the tank with more clean solvent, repeating the process until the solvent comes out clear. Simply leave the tank--cap off--in a well ventilated area for a day. The solvent will have vaporized by then, leaving you with a clean tank.

Read more: Cleaning the Inside of a Plastic Gas Tank | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4794946...#ixzz1xJmA8HBI

Seen ^^^^this on the net I have heard of doing this in cars with old gas tanks.
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^^^^This

As for the old gasoline, most municipalities have a HazMat facility that will take old gasoline....as well as other chemicals, materials, and such...I looked up the one for Boulder and came up with this:
http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index...338&Itemid=450
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I have found that the closest storm sewer readily accepts gasoline, used oil, paint, batteries, tires, and anything else I can fit down it.
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I have found that the closest storm sewer readily accepts gasoline, used oil, paint, batteries, tires, and anything else I can fit down it.
Thank you for your continued pollution efforts
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You are quite welcome. Glad I'm not the only one that enjoys the pretty rainbow oil film on top of all my waterways!
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^^^^This

As for the old gasoline, most municipalities have a HazMat facility that will take old gasoline....as well as other chemicals, materials, and such...I looked up the one for Boulder and came up with this:
http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index...338&Itemid=450
Yeah, been there many times.

I think I'll just trash these plastic ones and not deal with the really old gasoline. Then buy new metal ones and take care of them.

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You are quite welcome. Glad I'm not the only one that enjoys the pretty rainbow oil film on top of all my waterways!
Take a trip to the gulf of Mexico. You'll love the water down there!
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Yeah, been there many times.

I think I'll just trash these plastic ones and not deal with the really old gasoline. Then buy new metal ones and take care of them.



Go out the nearest national forest and find a pile that has not been burned yet, put them inside them as far as you can get them and touch them off. a forest fire fighter will thank you for new job opporturnities.

Just kidding, take them to your nearest hazmat center and turn everything in to them
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Ill buy those cans if you ars really interested in getting rid of them
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Ill buy those cans if you ars really interested in getting rid of them
Can't tell if serious...

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That's what she said.
Haha he is serious
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Haha he is serious
Not exactly sure I feel safe shipping jerry cans w/gasoline in them
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Not exactly sure I feel safe shipping jerry cans w/gasoline in them
Well if they are the old style jerry cans.. I definitely would not throw them out. Find a place to dump the gas and sell them, they are not easy to come by.
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Well if they are the old style jerry cans.. I definitely would not throw them out. Find a place to dump the gas and sell them, they are not easy to come by.
They're plastic ones I bought about 10 years ago

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They're plastic ones I bought about 10 years ago

I actually am constantly on the lookout for those... garage sales, flea markets, etc. I hate the stupid spouts on the newer CARB compliant ones and end up spilling way more than would have evaporated or whatever the hell they were made to stop from happening.
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@ MadjikMan, properly dispose of the fuel and sell them. I need to find some old school metal ones for fuel and water...hmmm, looks like I gotta start hitting the flea markets again.
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