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5 Important Steps to Help You Safely Recycle Your Old Gas Grill

Summer is here, and that means that it’s time to break out the grill and start enjoying some fun barbecues with your friends and family! If your old gas grill has seen better days, you probably are trying to figure out how to get rid of it after you purchase your new one. Unfortunately, unlike glass bottles and aluminum cans, you can’t simply place it on the curb with the rest of your trash or recycling. You have to take several steps to help you properly recycle and dispose of it.

If you aren’t sure how to proceed with putting your gas grill out to pasture safely, follow these 5 important rules below!

Recycling Your Grill

Start With Cleaning – Before you begin disassembling your old grill, you will need to clean it thoroughly. Make sure that you clean the grill thoroughly to remove any grease and food particles left over. If it isn’t clean, the recycling company may not take the parts from you. Use a brush to clean the interior pieces and an old rag to wipe down the exterior of the grill.

Disassemble the Grill – After it’s cleaned, go ahead and disassemble the grill. Your grill should contain metal, plastic, and sometimes wood parts, and many of these pieces can be recycled. Divide the pieces into its different recyclable parts. Sort out the metal pieces, which will likely include the lid, grill racks, and other parts of the body. Try to sort out the types of metal (steel, aluminum, brass, and copper) as your recycling center should have a bin for each. Any wood on your grill, however, has most likely been treated with chemicals and cannot be recycled, so plan to throw it in the trash.

Recycling Your Propane Tank

Store the Tank Properly – If you want to keep your propane tank as a backup tank, you certainly can! Just store it upright, outdoors, and in a place in which it is unlikely to be tampered with until you’re ready to dispose of it.

Recycle With Care – If you choose to recycle your old propane tank, it’s vital to leave the tank as is. Do not try to disassemble it! Many retailers including Blue Rhino and Amerigas, will take back steel propane tanks. They have professionals who will take apart and recycle the tank safely.

Recycling Grilling Tools

If you want new cooking utensils to along with your new grill, you can add many of your old spatulas, tongs, and forks to the recycling pile since they are most likely made of the same types of metal as your grill. Just make sure to remove any wooden handles first. When you invest in new grilling tools, consider buying products made from recycled materials if possible.

Don’t forget that you can recycle your used cooking oil when you’re making your delicious summertime meals! Make sure to bring yours to Ace Grease Services! Call us at 1-800-473-2733 or learn more about us online at www.acegrease.com.

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