After you’ve replaced your propane tank, what do you do with the empty one? Propane fuels over 8.1 million homes and serves almost 60 million people in the U.S. alone. Recycling propane tanks and propane accessories is not like normal recycling and should be taken very seriously. For those of you who find yourself with an empty propane tank and are uncertain of what to do with it, consider these options:
- It is important to keep the tank in its original form, in an upright position outdoors where it cannot be tampered with.
- Propane tanks and many propane accessories cannot be reused and many recycling centers do not accept empty tanks. For this reason, there are other ways to burn off the remaining fuel and make them safer to dispose of.
- For those who are not fond of the idea of buying and throwing away tanks, it may be a good idea to look into purchasing camp stoves such as wood-burning stoves as an alternative to propane. It is important to note that this option does not burn as hot as propane.
- Many retailers offer take-backs of small, five-pound tanks free of charge. These tanks are either put back to use by painting and replacing nonworking and outdated parts, or taken apart and recycled by professionals.
- Many local waste districts and local businesses also take empty propane tanks. In Milford, CT, for example, the fire department hosted an event to collect propane tanks from locals with proof of residency at no extra cost. Check with your local organizations to confirm any collection events or locations in your area.
- Some creative types like to re-purpose propane tanks, using them to create works of art with other natural materials. This is only recommended to those who are or know professionals to handle the tanks.
Propane services and propane accessories are used by more than 1 million commercial establishments all over the United States. Not only does the cost efficient fuel have benefits for residential and commercial use, but it can also coordinate with other materials to create works of art. Once you have reached the point of needing to dispose of your empty propane tank, consider the options you have above and do so in the safest way possible.