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post #21 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-02-2006, 09:33 PM
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In Mesa, AZ, the city of Mesa provides trash, yard waste, and recycle collection. Several times per year they also provide hazardous waste disposal services -- oil, tires, paint, batteries... -- but you have to take it to a designated collection site and show a copy of your most recent bill.

Check with your city utilities. If they provide trash services, they may also have a similar hazardous waste collection service.

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If it's a small amount (few gallons) you could probably dispose of it at your local auto parts store by dumping it in their oil bin.
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as kids we used to take a gallon of gas down to the creek ... dump it in ... and light the water.


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6-8 months is old, but it's not THAT old - does it smell bad? As long as it's not contaminated with water, as others have said you can mix it with some fresh gas and use it in a lawnmower. If you don't have a mower, give it to a neighbor who does. Perfectly good stuff.

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Originally Posted by Lambda_drive
but its SUPER OLD about 6-8 months old
Old??? Let's see. I recently ran out of gas for my lawn mower. I filled up my 5 gallon can. I used it for the last month or so. Winter is coming. The can will sit in the shed next to the law mower until the spring. Then I will use it for the rest of the year, and if it goes like it has for the last couple of years, that 5 gallons might get used up in the next two years (the last gas was at least two years old before I ran out). I've never had a problem with the gas being "old" and not working. And it is stored in an air tight container, so it's not like the fumes can get out and "weaken" the gas by evaporating.

Don't worry about it. Us it in you lawn mower until it's gone. The worst it will do is lose a bit of potency, and drop a couple of points on the octane scale. Your lawn mower will never notice...

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On a serious note, how old is "old" when it comes to regular gasoline? How long can I let a car sit around undriven before I should be concerned about the fuel going bad (without a stabilizer, that is)? Does ambient temperature make a difference?
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What about disposing diesel, brake fluid and coolant?
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This thread is awesome! My staff wonders why I'm in here laughing so hard! My Dad used to dig a hole and dump. bad bad bad LOL

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Originally Posted by nugg_dawg
Definately not here........I throughly enjoy my steamed crabs and raw oysters.

Don't rub it in, unless you're shipping across country.

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Originally Posted by JWA
How about mixing it in say 3 to 1 with fresh gas and oil and running it in your lawnmower?
Ditto - but I don't even bother mixing even really old (over a year) gas and the mower still runs fine.

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tar solvent

Call your local roofer, they love to use it to clean the tar off the tool.

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Originally Posted by transio
If it's a small amount (few gallons) you could probably dispose of it at your local auto parts store by dumping it in their oil bin.
nonononnnoo - they will hang you at noon for that!

best to fill old glass beer bottles with it - stuff a torn shirt rag, light, and chuck them at your most hated things in life.....

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Originally Posted by Crudson
if i recall red is larrys' color, or at least its the color of purse he recommended for my red racing shoes. i say just leave the container on larrys' front door, ring the bell and run away. it sounds like he will deal with the disposal glady.

sorry larry i could just not resist.

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Use it as charcoal lighter fluid.

Adds a lovely tang to the meat.
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I have a similar problem. I have some leaded race gas from about 3 years ago that I need to get rid of. I had a yellow jacket nest in my lawn this summer so I figured great and dumped some in. No more yellow jackets but I still have ¾ of a gallon left. I guess I will have to wait until next summer and hope to find some unsuspecting yellow jackets in my lawn again!

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The County of Orange (in CA, not Florida, though they may do this as well) has a household hazardous waste collection center, it's in Irvine off of Sand Canyon near the I-5. Use it for all your old paints, solvents, gardening chemicals etc. as well.

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Don't you have the guys that sit at the expressway ramps with the hood up, begging for money saying that they ran out of gas?? Just hand it to them......
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