Exchange polluting gas can with a new one at Environmental Center

Because an older-style gas contributes to air pollution, the Washington County Environmental Center is offering to exchange it for a new, vent-free, no-spill gas can.

Old, conventional gas cans release a significant amount of pollution into the air. As a result, ground-level ozone is produced that is harmful to public health.

A gas can that automatically seals after dispensing fuel and remains tightly closed can reduce the amount of ozone-causing vapors released into the air during use, in transport, and even in storage, reducing air pollution up to 75 percent.

County residents can exchange their old gas can for a new one starting Tuesday, April 21 at the Washington County Environmental Center, one per household while supplies last.

The Environmental Center is at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury. The center is open Tuesdays noon to 7 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It accepts household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables. It also has a free product room, in which residents may browse the shelves and take home previously-owned products such as paint, stain, automotive supplies, household cleaners, and other products.

For more information, see the Washington County website or call 651-430-6655.

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