Plastic containers of lighter fluid and motor oil are often stamped with a No. 2 recycling symbol. While No. 2 is a commonly recycled variety of plastic, these containers are not. The reason is simple: Plastic containers that once held flammable liquids like these are not recyclable. The residual oil inside can ignite during processing, and it also changes the overall chemical composition of the plastic. So, what to do? Safely dispose of these containers in the trash.
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