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Re: Auto Recyclers-Sour Fuel question

This is what I usually say:

Existing Conditions - THE IOWA AUTO RECYCLER currently collects gasoline 
and diesel fuel from salvage vehicles.  Used fuel is stored and reused.

Regulatory review - Fuel used in automobiles generally does not become a 
waste unless it has been contaminated or has become unsuitable for use in 
an automobile engine due to its chemical degradation (varnished).

Recommendation(s) - If the fuel is contaminated with material that can be 
filtered out, do so. If gasoline has become varnished, try using it in 
small two-cycle engines (for example, lawn mowers), or dilute it with clean 
fuel for use.

If there is no acceptable use for the fuel, it should be disposed of 
through an EPA-permitted hazardous waste management company that will use 
it to fuel industrial furnaces.  Waste fuel should be included in the 
facility's hazardous waste generation total and maintained on-site in 
compliance with all applicable hazardous waste generator regulations (i.e., 

I haven't heard of any "treating" it with HEAT either but maybe that is 
because we had ethanol at the pump in Iowa. The biggest concern is whether 
it has been designated a waste prior to treating it to make it useful 
again. I always joke with the recyclers saying "At today's prices there is 
no such thing as bad gas!"


Sue Schauls
Program Manager
Iowa Waste Reduction Center
1005 Technology Parkway
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
319/273-8905 or 1-800-422-3109
Fax: 319/268-3733

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