Health/Medical
5:06 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Swap Your Old Gas Can for a New One on Wednesday

The City of Omaha is hosting a Gas Can Exchange Event on Wednesday at Tranquility Park. 

Residents can exchange old gas cans purchased prior to 2009 for new environmentally friendly ones.  Dan May is the Air Quality Control Technician for the City of Omaha.  He says the old cans release a significant amount of pollution into our air. 

May says the newer cans don’t have vents on them, so vapors are only released through the nozzle while the can is being filled.  He says vapors from the old cans may contribute to ground-level ozone.

"Ozone is a compound that, in the upper air, the Stratosphere, actually protects us from the sun’s UV rays, but at ground-level, it’s actually a pollutant which can harm respiratory function.”

The Gas Can Exchange Event is open early for lawn and landscape professionals at 8:00 a.m. and the public is welcome between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Tranquility Park is located at 122nd and West Maple Road. 

Details are available here