What do I do with used charcoal?

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When you are done cooking with charcoal, you can douse them by slowly and carefully pouring water or sand over the hot coals, then allow both the barbecue and coals to cool off completely. You should not use a hose of any sort for this as you can send charcoal, that is still hot, flying. When everything is cool you can dispose of your ashes into a metal trash can or bucket. Check with your local government about disposal of these materials, as it may differ from place to place.