Keep Propane Tanks Out of Household Recycling and Trash

August 4, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

A CVWMA member locality recently reported that a 20-pound propane tank had been placed in one of the locality’s drop-off recycling containers.

This presented a serious safety hazard for anyone who was near the site.

Propane is highly flammable, and any gas left inside a tank could cause a fire or explosion.

Never throw propane tanks in your household trash or recycling.

Don’t do it, even if you know they’re empty (others do not).

Be smart about propane

  • Reuse tanks whenever possible. Propane exchanges are available at many places propane is sold.
  • Check with retailers to see if they take back empty tanks.
  • When it is time for disposal, many CVWMA localities accept empty tanks at convenience centers. Use the Recycling Wizard to find options for disposal in your locality.
  • Always ask convenience center staff where to place empty tanks.

Fortunately, no one was injured by the 20-pounder left in the drop-off.

Let’s keep it that way by keeping propane tanks out of trash and recycling!

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