Propane cylinders for disposal
Propane cylinders cannot be recycled at the curb. See below for disposal options.
Re-fillable one-pound propane cylinders (camping size) are now available! Find locations that sell and refill the cylinders through refuelyourfun.org
Single-use cylinders are dangerous. Even if you assume they're empty, single-use cylinders often still contain a small amount of gas and pressure, 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.
Zero Waste Sonoma's Household Hazardous Waste programs offer safe disposal options for propane cylinders 5-gallons (BBQ size) and smaller.
*Estimate provided by Kamps Propane based on annual cylinder production data and population data.