Recycle empty pressurized gas cylinders

Propane tank 20lbWhen your outdoor grill, camping stove or helium tank runs out of gas, what do you do with the empty tank? You can recycle these pressurized gas cylinders, but they require special handling.

Gas Grill Tanks
Outdoor gas grills use propane tanks. When yours runs out of gas, you can exchange it for a full tank at services such as Blue Rhino or Amerigas. Each has locations throughout the metro area, and charges a fee to exchange or buy a new tank. If you want to recycle your old tank without getting a refill, you can either drop it off at one of these tank exchange locations or take it to a scrap metal dealer that accepts pressurized tanks.

Camping Tanks
Camp stoves and lanterns also use propane tanks. Empty tanks are accepted by household hazardous waste facilities and scrap metal dealers. Be sure to call first!

Disposable Helium Tanks
People purchase disposable helium tanks to fill up balloons for special occasions. The companies that sell them generally don’t take them back. Properly prepare the tank for recycling by watching this video, then take it to a scrap metal dealer.

Other Tanks
Pressurized industrial, medical and specialty gas tanks are most often taken back by the company that sells them. Contact the company you purchased yours from to find out about return options.

Always call first!
Always call scrap metal dealers and household hazardous waste facilities first. HHW facilities have size limits and scrap metal dealers have preparation requirements.

For more information, visit RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.

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