How to Dispose of Charcoal Ash

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Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty tin foil

  • Trash container

Dispose of charcoal ash safely and properly to avoid fires.

Knowing how to safely and properly do charcoal ash is important, whether you are cooking on the grill in your backyard, cleaning out your fireplace or burning leaves. Since ashes can appear to be entirely cooled, yet still contain hot coals, one must take extra care to assure their ashes are safe to throw away. With a little bit of information, you can dispose of ashes in a safe and effective manner.

Step 1

Allow used charcoal to cool for 48 hours before disposing of it. Pour water over hot charcoals and stir them carefully in order to hasten the cooling process.

Step 2

Wrap the cooled charcoal ashes in heavy-duty tin foil.

Step 3

Place the wrapped ashes in an trash container located outdoors. The ashes can be picked up by your local trash collection.


If you purchase additive-free lump charcoal, then the ashes can be used as a fertilizer for some plants. Charcoal ash is a great course of potash, an essential nutrient for some plants, as well as a natural way to raise your soil's pH.


Never place hot coals or ashes near combustible materials.


Evan Fulford

Evan Fulford has a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayne State University in 2008. He has been writing academically for over six years on topics including mental illness, social policy, linguistics and political science.