Butte County Residents Urged to Swap Out Old Gas Cans

Feb 21, 2013 7:53 PM

The old gas can you or your grandparents keep in the garage. Well, it's a problem experts say.

Believe it or not, fumes and spillage from the old "jerry can" and other older containers are still doing a lot of harm to the environment.

Butte County is ready to make a trade to get those old containers out of use.

It's been about a decade since the old style fuel containers have been taken of the store shelves in favor of more environmentally friendly containers, but that doesn't mean those old containers aren't still around.

These old gas cans just don't cut it any more and Butte County is trying to help get rid of them.

"The old style gas can had a tendency to emit fumes affecting the atmosphere," said Steve Rodowick.

Steve Rodowick is the Butte County Recycling Coordinator.

He says the Butte County Public Works Department just a received large shipment of new gas cans from the California Air Resources Board and now they're giving them to the residents of Butte County in exchange for that "old" gas can.

"We've been supplied a quantity of new carb compliant gasoline cans, both 2 and 5 gallons to exchange out the old style gas cans that people are still possibly using," said Rodowick.

Rodowick says the new compliant gas cans have a plunger mechanism which will ensure that spillage and evaporative emissions are minimized or eliminated."

"The new can takes a little knack, it takes 2 hands and you have to be accustomed to it," said Rodowick.

But for landscapers like Chico resident Joseph Workman, that's just the problem. He says he does not have enough time in his day to deal with the newer style gas can.

"I hope they can do better for the environment but I want them to be able to do where it saves us time and doesn't cost us," said Workman.

But Chico resident Jim Martin has a different view.

"It's a good opportunity, no additional cost and gas cans do age they wear out and get cracks. Anything that gets spilled ultimately affects our waterway and effects our fish and wildlife, we want to keep the environment as clean as it was when we were kids," said Martin.

Rodowick said the free gas can exchange will be held while supplies last.

Containers can be exchanged at these three places:

· The Butte Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1101 Marauder St, Chico, Fridays 9 am to 1pm and Saturdays 9am to 4pm. (Starts Fri. 2/22)

· Recology Butte Colusa Counties, Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2720 South 5th Avenue, Oroville, 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month from 9am to 2 pm. (Starts Fri. 3/1)

· Northern Recycling and Waste Services Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 920 American Way, Paradise, CA. Alternating Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. (Starts Sat. 2/23)


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