It’s summertime, which means you’re probably spending more time mowing your lawn and more time in the mountains cruising on some ATVs. You know what else that means? More gas in order to keep your lawn equipment and ATVs running smoothly. So get your gas cans out, as you’re going to need lots of gas to last you through the summer months. Just keep in mind one thing: Old gas cans are a major source of smog-forming pollution. In fact, here are just some of the ways that old gas cans contribute to VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions:


  • 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



Don’t worry, it’s easy to reduce these emissions by buying a new EPA-approved gas can. As of 2009, the EPA has required standard limits of emissions from gas cans. These new standards have lowered VOCs and harmful carcinogens by 75%. So what’s so special about these new gas cans? First and foremost, the new containers are equipped with an automatic shut-off feature to prevent overfilling. This automatic closing feature ensures that the gas can is sealed when not in use, it prevents leaking vapors, protects children from accidental spills or ingestion and eliminates secondary venting holes that often release toxic fumes into the air. Combine all that with thicker walls to reduce vapor permeation and you can see why the new gas cans are much preferred over the old ones.


Upgrading your old gas cans can reduce VOC emissions by four pounds per year, so show UCAIR about Utah’s air by replacing your old gas cans today. Use the promo code UCAIR to receive 20% off SureCans !


When you decide to replace your old gas cans, take these guidelines into consideration:

  • Never dispose of gasoline by pouring it onto the ground or into a sewer, street, drain, stream or other body of water, or by putting it into the trash.
  • Excess gasoline in good condition can be added to the fuel tank of a gasoline powered car or truck, outdoor equipment, ATVs, etc.
  • When fueling vehicles, outdoor equipment and ATVs, fuel in the morning or at night to reduce ozone.
  • You can dispose of old gasoline and gasoline containers at any county Household Hazardous Waste Facility.



Even simple things can make a big difference for our air quality. Just upgrading our old gas cans could cut VOC emissions by 1,400 tons per year. For more on what you can do to make a difference for Utah’s air quality, click here.