How to Dispose of Propane Tanks

Owning a propane tank is really convenient when you use things like grills, outdoor heaters and other gas-powered equipment. But once you’re no longer using those items, you might find yourself wondering how to properly dispose of propane tanks that are just taking up space. But getting rid of them properly is critical to ensuring your own safety as well as the safety of others. Here are five ways to properly dispose of propane tanks.

Don’t Throw in the Trash!

Because of the flammability of propane, the tanks are inherently dangerous. They should never be disposed of in the trash. The main reason for this? Many tanks, even when they’re thought to be empty, can still contain a residual amount of propane. When trash is compressed in trucks or compacters, the pressurized tanks can become pierced and the extra gas can ignite, causing fires and even explosions.

Sell Your Propane Tank

There are individuals and companies that may be willing to buy your used propane tank from you. Selling your tank is another great option, because in addition to getting rid of it safely, you get to pocket a little extra cash from something that was just sitting in your garage collecting dust.

At repurposedMATERIALS, we buy used and unused propane tanks. Contact us to find out more and see if we can help turn your tank into cash.

Recycle with an Experienced Professional

Most companies that sell propane tanks also offer trade-in and recycling programs. Try taking your tank to the retailer you purchased it from. If you’re not interested in refilling the tank and reusing it, they may be able to recycle it for you.

This is a great option, because they can safely and professionally empty the tank and capture any remaining propane for future use. This will ensure the tank doesn’t end up in a landfill and prevent the risks mentioned above. If the company you purchased it from won’t take it, check with your local hardware store. Many hardware stores offer propane tank recycling.

Take it to a Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

Most cities, towns and municipalities offer hazardous waste drop-off facilities where unsafe materials and chemicals can be disposed of properly. Some may accept these items free of charge—but in many places, particularly in more urban areas, they often charge a fee to dispose of hazardous items.

Take it to a Scrap Metal Yard

Taking your tank to a scrap metal dealer can be a hit and miss proposition. Some scrap metal dealers won’t touch them due to the potential risks. Others may be willing to take them off your hands, but very few will pay for them. It’s probably best to call first to see if they’ll take it, so you don’t waste a trip.

Find Someone Who Upcycles or Repurposes Scrap Metal

A growing number of individuals and business around the country are finding creative, crafty ways to make repurpose materials, turning them into something useful or beautiful. At repurposedMATERIALS, we’ve seen old propane tanks transformed into everything from planters and lanterns to furniture, grills and even modern art. If you can find someone in your area who is into this as a hobby or side business, they may be willing to take your tank from you and turn it into something new.

Store it Safely Until You Can Dispose of It

You may not always be able to get rid of your propane tank as quickly as you’d like to. While you’re searching around to find the best option for disposal, keep a few safety pointers in mind.

Never store your propane tank in the sun or anywhere it may be exposed to heat. The tanks themselves can conduct heat and create a dangerous situation. Instead, store them in a cool, dark place away from anything that may create heat or a spark.

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