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How to dispose of gelled fuel

Updated February 21, 2017

An isopropyl alcohol-based substance, gel fuel burns clean and is safe to use in outdoor/indoor cooking devices and heating products. The fuel is packaged in metal containers with a quick-release lid. Gel fuel, like other products containing alcohol, is harmful to bodies of water, including groundwater, sewer systems and well water. The fuel must be disposed of properly so it doesn't come in contact with the environment.

Remove the empty, partially full or full container of gel fuel from the device it is in. If you still have the container's lid, place the lid on the container and secure it tightly.

Place the container in the bag. Roll the top of the bag and tape it closed to keep any fuel residue from leaking from the bag.

Dispose of the bag in your home or business' outdoor dustbin.

Tip

If you need to dispose of a case of at least 24 cans of gel fuel, call your waste collection service to request a special pickup or information on separating the cans of gel fuel from your regular trash.

Warning

Do not dump the gel fuel containers into an open flame --- this can cause them to explode.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper or plastic bag
  • Adhesive tape
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.