How to Dispose of Petrol?

Disposing of petrol

Petrol, diesel and engine oil are all types of hazardous waste. They can cause damage to human health, they are highly flammable and can cause environmental damage, so do not pour any fuel down the drain and never pour them in your black bin for collection. But did you know that petrol, diesel and oil can be recycled? In this article, we will discuss how to properly dispose of these fuels.

Recycling Centres 

Contact your local council, they will be able to direct you towards services that dispose of petrol safely. In most cases this will be you local recycling centre. It is important that any waste oils or fuels are put in an appropriate container when they are in transport to the centre. This will prevent any spills or spillage in your vehicle. These household waste recycling centres do have the capacity to dispose of petrol, diesel, oil and other chemical waste, but always contact them first in advance and ask if they accept petrol. Your recycling centre may only allow a small quantity of fuel waste to be disposed.

Use a Hazardous Waste Disposal Service

You can dispose of your old petrol and diesel by contacting a hazardous waste disposal service. These companies will collect the old petrol or diesel from your location and dispose of it for you in a responsible manner. Please bear in mind these services can be expensive but they have to dispose of the fuel waste in a very specialised way. You are also paying for the convenience and peace of mind that the fuel waste is disposed of properly.

 Just Hire have partnered with a hazardous waste disposal company that covers the entire UK!


 How to Store Petrol/Diesel/Oil?

If you keep petrol, diesel or oil at your home or business, there are a few simple safety practices that should be followed:

  • Always check local regulations to make sure you are in compliance with any laws and regulations.

  • Keep the fuel in an approved container such plastic containers specifically designed for fuel storage.

  • Store flammable liquids away from sources of heat such as radiators, hot water pipes and direct sunlight.

  • Make sure that you store the flammable liquids in a well ventilated area, either indoors or outdoors.

  • Ensure that your safety can is clearly labeled and kept away from areas where children or pets may come in contact with it.

  • Always make sure that the fuel container is securely closed when not in use and stored upright, away from any flames.

  • Make sure that all containers are secured in a safe place when not in use to prevent any spills or accidents.

My Local Council do not Accept Fuel Waste, What Can I Do?

One other option could be to contact your local car garage. One would think they would be disposing of old petrol, fuel waste and chemical waste on a regular basis. They may charge to you to dispose of the petrol (diesel/oil).

Can you put Petrol in a Skip?

Categorically you cannot put petrol, diesel or oil in a skip. These fuels are very dangerous, they are toxic, extremely flammable and can damage the environment. Do not throw away fuel in a container into a skip and definitely do not pour any fuel into a skip.

Key Points:

  • Petrol, diesel and engine oil are all types of hazardous waste and should not be poured down the drain.

  • You can recycle petrol, diesel and oil by contacting your local council or recycling centre.

  • If you keep fuel at home or business, make sure to follow safety practices such as storing in an approved container away from heat sources.

Author: James Duncan

Date: 9/1/2022

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