So you have old gasoline in the garage? What do you do with it? Is it just straight gas or did you mix it with oil? Here's another big question? How long has it been there? Did you put that stabilizer in it? Old gas can cause you issues in your equipment too, so what should you do with it?

If you have ever had to take your mowers carbonator apart and clean it, then you know what old gas can do to your equipment, it can gunk it (technical word there) or it can clog it up. Plus, what color is the gasoline? When I looked at the old gas and saw that it was yellow-ish and not clear? Yep, that's another way someone told me you can tell if the gas is old, because the color will change. 

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So, what should you not do with that old gasoline in New York State?

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Photo by Madelynn woods on Unsplash

You should not in any circumstances pour it down a drain or into a sewer or pour it on your lawn. Sewer gas is plenty flammable enough, without adding real gasoline to it. I tried mixing some of the old gas with the new gas, and then using it in the lawn mower, let's just say, I have become really good and taking the carbonator apart and cleaning it out.

So, what CAN you do with the old gasoline to get rid of it in New York State?

Getty Images/ Michael Loccisano
Getty Images/ Michael Loccisano

The most convenient way is to take it to of the Hazardous Waste Disposal events in your community. Depending on where you are, there will be a small charge for these events. What does the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have to say about using that old gas? Here is a pdf, of how they say you can make that 'bad gas' potentially good again.

Is there a difference in the types of gas that are available? Who allegedly has the 'best gas' in the Hudson Valley? 

Which Hudson Valley Gas Stations Have the Best Gas?

If you're looking to put quality fuel in your tank, experts say that you need to have gas that's registered as "Top Tier." The Hudson Valley companies below all adhere to a higher quality standard that includes the use of important detergent gasoline additives. Tests have shown that fuel with these additives will greatly improve the performance of your vehicle and make it last longer. Being listed as a Top Tier fuel company isn't expensive or hard, so if a gas station isn't on the list below it may be unlikely that they are providing fuel with these important additives. Some convenience stores could either be using one of the Top Tier fuels below and rebranding them as their own or selling a discount untreated gas, but it's hard to know and may vary depending on the location.

Borrowed a car? Do you fill it up before you bring it back? 

When You Borrow a Car, Should You Refill the Gas Tank Upon Return?

Just how much did gas cost the year you started driving? Is it $2 different? $3 less a gallon then right now? 

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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