Many people will find they have a fuel oil tank to get rid of once they convert their home to natural gas. The Kenai Peninsula Borough solid waste department website gives instructions disposing of a used oil tank to the transfer site (below). The Borough will recycle the used tanks with metal scraps. Contact the Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667 with additional questions.
Tanks need to be cleaned of any residual material. Tanks under 500 gallons must have one end cut out or an opening adequate so the interior can be inspected prior to disposal. Large tanks need to be cut into manageable size pieces (6X6 or less). Cutting is not permitted on landfill property.
People in the market for replacing their fuel tank with a new/used one should carefully inspect it for damage, wear and tear. Alaska law does not regulate the installation or maintenance of fuel oil systems, however the Department of Environmental Conservation has some useful information on their website about proper care and condition of fuel tanks. A fuel oil leak can be very expensive and harmful to the environment. Precautionary measures should be taken to avoid any leaks.