Making Your Social Life Greener

Holiday Gifts

End of year celebrations often include gifts for loved ones and parties like white elephant events. If you want to join in the festivities but still be mindful of your environmental impact, give gifts of experience, re-gift items you already own, and buy from local vendors. A gift certificate to the science museum or a homemade "coupon" for a foot massage are often more meaningful than a physical gift. For more ideas, check out our holiday season tips.

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When planning your next outing, barbeque, tailgater or camping trip choose Refillables!

Single-Use Propane Cylinders – The Problem

  • Single-use cylinders are dangerous. When “empty,” single-use cylinders often still contain a small amount of gas, posing a danger to sanitation workers due to the risk of explosions and resulting fires. Because of the danger involved, they cost millions of dollars to recycle and dispose of properly.
  • Single-use cylinders are expensive when you realize that 80% of the price you pay is for the packaging! In short, you’re paying more for the packaging than for the actual gas!
  • Every year in North America, 40 million single-use 1 lb. propane cylinders are used, with over four million in California alone.* Because of limited, expensive recycling options, the empty cylinders are often disposed of improperly in landfills, dumpsters, household trash, campsites, on the roadside or in recycling containers.

*Estimate provided by Kamps Propane based on annual cylinder production data and population data.

Reusables – The Solution

  • Reusables save money. A simple refill costs approximately $2.25 because you only pay for the gas and filling service, not the container!
  • Reusables can last up to 12 years and can be refilled hundreds of times.
  • Reusables reduce the impact on landfills and the environment.

ReFuel Your Fun was developed by local government agencies and other partners through a grant from CalRecycle. ReFuel Your Fun is administered by the California Product Stewardship Council.

For more information on how to get involved, contact:

Look for our Refuel Your Fun Exchange Events!