How to Dispose of Kerosene Properly?

If you’ve recently decided to get rid of some of your kerosene from old kerosene lamps or simply because you don’t want to use kerosene for heating anymore, you may be wondering how to dispose of old kerosene. Kerosene disposal is fairly simple but it’s still not as straightforward as throwing it in the trash since that’s both harmful for the environment and illegal in most places.

So, how to dispose of kerosene? Here’s our step-by-step guide:

  1. Find a proper waste collection site in your area. There should be a household hazardous waste collection site sponsored by your local waste district near you pretty much regardless of where in the U.S. you live. Then just call them up. Ask them whether they accept kerosene as well as whether you’ll need to drop it off or they can come to take it off your hands.
  2. Take advantage of community waste collection days. These will typically be sponsored by your local government agency and you can look them up online.
  3. Call up your local gas stations. Most gas stations accept unwanted motor oil but some also buy out unused kerosene. You won’t make that much money out of it but you’ll get rid of your unwanted kerosene safely and properly.
  4. Talk with your neighbors or local charities as some of them might need the kerosene for themselves. This way you’ll both get rid of your kerosene and donate to a friend or a charity – two birds with one kerosene can!
  5. If neither of the above solutions works in your area, you can always call up your local fire department and ask them for advice – they will know best how to dispose of kerosene where you live.

Alternatively, if you can’t figure out how to dispose of kerosene lamp oil or the kerosene from your heater, you can also just use it up. If the quantity isn’t too great, it’s better and easier to just use it up than to throw it away.

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