Fire Danger from storing oily stuff?

I know I can't do this with linseed oil, but I want to make sure it's
ok to store
(motor-) oily paper towels and cardboard flats in a plastic trash bag
until I have enough
to take up to the city for proper disposal (?).
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In a metal trash can outdoors?
Reply to
Cydrome Leader
With Linseed Oil and cotton or paper towels, hell no! You know, but for those that haven't heard (or read the MSDS) it will auto oxidize enough to self combust... Add water.
Or better yet, piss off the Smog Nazi's and make a little Burn Barrel to safely dispose of it in a controlled manner. (Which beats the hell out of an UNcontrolled manner...) Keep on hand: Garden hoses, dry chem extinguishers, additional help and a hot phone line to dial 911.
For other oily wastes, I'd still put the plastic bag in a steel trash can or dedicated steel "Oily Waste" shop can or a loose-top steel drum, just in case.
Inside or out, a steel container with a tight lid will contain a fire and snuff it from oxygen depletion. Just don't open the lid if it's still hot, or it's "Off to the races" again.
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Bruce L. Bergman
It is safe. Motor oil does not polymerize, which is the process that gives off heat by some oils (e.g., linseed). Or ... something like that.
Also, I have often stored oily rags without any indication that they were about to go ablaze.
Reply to
Bob Engelhardt
With a tightly closed metal cover.
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Gunner Asch

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