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UCAIR Gas Can Exchange

You're invited to participate in our Gas Can Exchange on June 8!

Swap your old, leaky gas cans for new, EPA-approved cans from SureCan.

Supplies are limited, so arrive early to be first in line.

Why Participate?

Did you know that old gas cans leak up to 1,400 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) collectively each year? VOCs are a major cause of the year-round air quality issues we experience in Utah, including summer ozone

Older gas cans contribute to poor air quality in a number of ways:

  • Vapors permeate through walls of the container
  • Fumes escape while fuel is being dispensed  
  • Spillage and overfilling occur as fuel is being poured into equipment  
  • Spillage and evaporation occur through secondary vent holes  
  • Evaporation occurs through inadequately capped spouts

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed the standard limits of emissions from gas cans. These new standards have lowered VOCs and harmful carcinogens by 75%. UCAIR has been hosting gas can exchanges since 2015 to help Utahns replace their old gas cans with new, EPA-approved versions, like those provided by SureCan. After almost 10 years of offering this event, this event has exchanged almost 13,000 gas cans.


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Join us at our upcoming exchange!

  • When: Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    • Supplies are first-come, first-served, so arrive early to be first in line!
    • You must have an old gas can to exchange for each new gas can. Participants are limited to 2 gas cans per vehicle.
    • Please prepare by emptying your gas can before arrival. Gas should be properly disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Facility. 
  • Where:

    • South Redwood Public Health Center | 7971 South 1825 West, West Jordan, UT 84088

To prepare your old gas cans for exchange, remember:

  • Dispose of old gasoline at any county Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
  • 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 your regular 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, refuel in the morning or at night to reduce contributions to the formation of ozone, which forms when emissions are released in the hottest parts of the day.
Metro Group:

3150 W 900 S, Salt Lake City

Wasatch Metal Recycling:

205 W 3300 S, Salt Lake City

Redwood Recycling:

6235 S Redwood Road, Taylorsville

How to Use Your New Gas Can

The SureCan offers a rotating spout and thumb button release trigger to prevent spilling and overfilling. It also features a durable 6-layer High-Density Polyethylene construction that seals all vapors inside the can and prevents it from escaping.

While in use, the SureCan vents from under the thumb button. When you are finished, you simply let go of the trigger and the can automatically shuts off the flow of fuel. This automatic closing feature ensures that the gas can is sealed when not in use, preventing leaking vapors, protecting children from accidental spills or ingestion, and eliminating secondary venting holes that often release toxic fumes into the air. Combined with the thicker walls to reduce vapor permeation, it is clear that the SureCan models are much better for our air.

There is a limit of 2 gas cans per vehicle. You must have an old gas can to exchange for each new gas can.

We will have 2+ gallon cans and 5-gallon cans available. We have limited amounts of each size, and availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Please safely empty your old gas cans prior to arriving at the event. Dispose of old gasoline at any county Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

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 your regular trash.

Yes, we accept both plastic and metal gas cans for exchange. Please note that the new SureCan gas can that you will receive is plastic.

This year's Gas Can Exchange is proudly sponsored by
Chevron & Rio Tinto Kennecott

Rio Tinto Kennecott logo

Special thanks to our location sponsor,
the Salt Lake County Health Department, for hosting this event.