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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

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.

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Location pin Business Hazardous Waste Collection at the HHW Facility

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesAppointment required. Propane cylinders, 5 gallons and smaller, are accepted at the HHW Facility.

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Location pin Cream's Dismantling and Scrap, Inc.

3621 Copperhill Ln.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesDrop-off: 5 gallon and larger propane cylinders only.

Location pin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW Facility)

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off: propane cylinders, 5 gallons and smaller, are accepted at the HHW Facility.

Location pin Suburban Propane

12 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesDrop-off: 5 gallon and larger propane cylinders only.