Do Not Tamper With
If you are waiting to dispose of a tank, store them outside and upright with their caps on tight. Write empty on the container, and do not try to remove the valve.
Especially Hazardous if Not Empty
A propane tank is still pressurized and can explode or start a fire if it’s not entirely empty. Propane can also be damaging to your health if touched or inhaled, so any tank that is not empty must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Use Up Completely
Empty propane tanks are less likely to injure people, because the tank is not pressurized with propane gas.
Don't Refill Disposables
If your cylinder contains words like “nonrefillable,” “disposable” or “single trip,” do not try to refill it. Federal law prohibits the transport of refilled disposable cylinders because the metal is stressed to its capacity with its first use, and becomes thin and likely to explode when further stressed.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Recycle in National Parks
Yellowstone, Yosemite and Bryce Canyon National Parks all have propane cylinder recycling machines. If you are visiting one of these parks, dispose of your empty cylinder in one of their receptacles.
AmeriGas Offers Free Tank Disposal
You can dispose of propane tanks by returning them to AmeriGas. Find an AmeriGas office. Fees may apply.
Ways to Reduce
Use Refillable Cylinders
Save money and reduce waste by choosing a refillable cylinder over a disposable one. They come as small as one pound and can last up to 12 years. Find a refillable cylinder with the ReFuel Your Fun campaign.