Getting Rid of a Kerosene Drum

I would like to know how to get rid of a kerosene drum. It still has kerosene in it. Please help. Thanks.

Joann from Tampa, FL

February 11, 20090 found this helpful

Two suggestions.

1. Call the local fire department for help.

2. Call the Environmental Protection Dept. found in thephone book usually listed under the state in which you live. and ask them for help in disposing the kerosene.

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February 11, 20090 found this helpful

Call your local Solid Waste department and ask if and when they sponsor a "hazardous waste disposal" day. Our local department holds two such days per year, one in the spring, another in the fall. Their services are free of charge. They also accept old paint, mercury themometers, flourescent bulbs, etc.

If your department doesn't sponsor a disposal event, ask where you can safely dispose of your used kerosene and container. Also some local service stations/auto repair shops may be able to recommend a disposal source-like they do for used motor oil.

I am very glad that you want to dispose of your kerosene in a responsible manner. Not everyone is as considerate as you are. Please remember, never pour old petroleum products, paints, medications and other hazardous products down the toilet or a storm drain.

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February 11, 20090 found this helpful

You can also go to freecycle google it for your area. It is a network site to reuse and recycle.

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

PLEASE use the above mentioned contacts for disposal! Yesterday, 2/11/09, here in Tucson, AZ some were trying to cut a drum in half for a bar-b-que, and the sparks from the saw caused an EXPLOSION! It sent one man to the hospital. Better safe than sorry!

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February 13, 20090 found this helpful

I just wanted to echo the guest post recommending freecycle. I've often been amazed at the things I was about to throw away, only to discover that someone in my area really wants the item! If no one from freecycle requests your drum, you're on to the other advice ... but if someone does want it, they'll come get it with no more hassle for you.

You can go to to find your local freecycle group if you're not already a participant.

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