Chafing Fuel Disposal

Disposing of hazardous chafing fuels (Sternos) is a pain for any caterer. In some states, it is illegal to dispose of these fuels in with normal trash, and the caterer can be fined if they are caught doing so. Per Sterno’s product information, all canned fuel products, “Must not be disposed together with household garbage. Do not allow product to reach sewage system.” How many times does a caterer directly throw away their used Sternos directly in the trash? I would speculate this happens everyday across the entire United States. This practice not only could result in a fine for the caterer, but could cause serious issues for the environment. In the same Sterno documentation, Sterno products classify as, “Water hazard class 1 (German Regulation) (Self-assessment): slightly hazardous for water: Do not allow undiluted product or large quantities of it to reach ground water, water course or sewage system.” I ask, should this not be monitored more often? If the nation’s largest chafing fuel brand directly says “slightly hazardous for water” and everyday thousands of chafing fuels are directly disposed of in the trash, then there needs to be something done to eradicate this issue. Finally, there is another option for caterers using chafing fuels! EcoHeat warmers are a combination of all natural ingredients that are biodegradable and safe to dispose of directly in the everyday trash. Unlike chafing fuels, the EcoHeat warmers never leak hazardous chemicals into the water system. The EcoHeat warmers are safe to use, safe to work around, and safe to dispose of in a environmentally safe way. NEVER USE A HAZARDOUS CHAFING FUEL AGAIN! Switch to the safer, and more convenient option today! Find out more information today at