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UCAIR has teamed up with Chevron to hold a gas can exchange event in four counties on April 11, 2015 where residents can exchange their old gas can for a free environmentally friendly can. Bring your old empty gas can either 2.5 or 5 gallons and exchange it for a brand new one of equal size while supplies last. You can empty your gas can by putting it in your vehicle or lawn equipment. The event will be held at the following locations from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • 1200 Towne Center Blvd., Provo Towne Center Mall
  • 2100 S. 300 W., Salt Lake City, Chevron Station
  • 1997 E. 3500 N., Layton, Davis Landfill
  • 1855 Skyline Dr., South Ogden, Chevron Station

The Gas Can Exchange Program will be the first of its kind in Utah and help our state come into compliance with the new EPA standard.

It is the time of year to get out the lawn equipment and gas cans to fuel them.  Did you know it is not recommended to leave your gas cans in the garage? Especially if you have young children, elderly, or people with asthma in your home as they have a heightened sensitivity to these chemicals. As of 2009, the EPA has required standard limits of emissions from gas cans. These new standards have lowered volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and harmful carcinogens by 75%.

A Major Source of Smog-Forming Pollution

Gas cans contribute to VOC emissions in the following ways:

  • Permeation of vapors through walls of containers.
  • Escaping fumes while fuel is being dispensed.
  • Spillage and over filling as fuel is being poured into equipment.
  • Spillage and evaporation through secondary vent holes.
  • Evaporation through inadequately capped spouts.

How Do the New Cans Help?

The new containers are equipped with the following improvements:

  • Automatic shut-off feature to prevent overfilling.
  • Automatic closing feature.
    • Sealed when it is not in use.
    • Prevents leaking vapors.
    • Protects children from accidental spills and ingestion.
    • Secondary venting holes are eliminated to stop venting of fumes into the air.
    • Thicker walls to reduce vapor permeation.

UCAIR and Chevron are exchanging over 4,500 gas cans. That’s equivalent to eliminating 540 cars off Utah’s roads per day over the 5-year life of each gas can. Making this small change can have large impact on our air quality. Together we can make a difference in Utah’s air quality.

Please contact Angie at coordinator@ucair.org if you have any questions about the gas can exchange.

*There are currently no plans for another gas can exchange*

 

 

 

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