Did you know that propane tanks, regardless of size, should not be placed in your recycling bin? While the tank is metal, placing them in your recycling bin causes issues for the recycling center. Both larger propane tanks, as used for grilling, and smaller propane tanks, as used for camping stoves and some lighting, may not be placed with your trash.
What do you do with your old propane tank?
Refilling your empty propane tank is one easy way to reuse your old tank. Many locations offer propane tank refill stations, including AmeriGas and U-Haul. Before trying to dispose of your propane tank, think about reusing it by refilling it. Simply take your empty tank to a propane tank refill station to refill it.
Many retailers offer a propane tank exchange program. Take your empty propane tank to one of the retailers and swap out your old tank for a full one for a small fee. Blue Rhino and many retailers that sell propane tanks offer this type of service.
If you need to get rid of an old propane tank and do not need a new one or need to refill it, you may take it to some locations for free or for a small fee. Refer to the following resource to see how to handle these items.
For smaller propane canisters, there are some steps you must take in order to dispose of these canisters. Here are some directions to recycle your old canister.
Keep in mind that propane tanks, although made of metal, are not recyclable through the Penn Waste program. Reference the recycling guidelines for a complete listing of what is and is not accepted.