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F.A.Q. Gasoline

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.


  • Gasoline is highly flammable and can be explosive.
  • Gasoline contains benzene, a known carcinogen. Benzene and other toxic compounds found in gasoline vaporize readily and can be inhaled.


  • Store gasoline in a container that is approved for gasoline storage.
  • Do not fill up the container to the top; leave some air space to allow for expansion.
  • Store gasoline in a cool, dry place, away from any motor driven machine that could cause sparks, including washers and dryers. Keep out of direct sunlight.
  • Store at ground level, not on a shelf to minimize the danger of falling and spilling.
  • Never open or use near open flames or source of ignition such as sparks or cigarettes.
  • Always open gasoline containers and use gasoline in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors, away from children and animals.
  • Do not store gasoline in a car trunk. There is a threat of explosion from heat and impact.
  • Do NOT dispose of down the drain, into surface water, or in the trash.
  • Do NOT mix with ANY other material, including antifreeze and used oil.

Management Options

  • Save for HHW collection or take to a commercial hazardous waste facility.