In the last year, I went to the two remaining county recycling places
-- usually go to the third one -- and I noted that one place takes
flammable liquids and the other takes batteries, but I didn't see any
reference to these.
No. They're as empty as I can get them. I'm going to answer BobK
Check with your waste hauler or county waste management dept.
If empty looks like they go in the trash but better check .......
If not empty, use them up first.
I;ve read their 12-page booklet more than once, but I guess I can find
it and look again. (The booklet is not where it should be. That's
These are great pages. They must have been way down the list or I used
the wrong search terms. Thanks
When I told TD they were as empty as I could get them, I meant they
are empty. There is still a slight aroma when the head is on and
open, but they're empty.
I have never had a problem with propane, but as I might have said
once, my MAPP tank of the same size sometimes stops providing gas to
the torch, sometimes suddenly, and then might work again later, like
if I take the head off of it and let it sit for a day. Five minutes
is not enough. I'll still manage to empty the thing, I'm sure.
I've thrown empty ones away in the past I guess, but the older I get,
the more "responsible" I seem to try to be.
Thanks to both of you.
Local rules probably vary. I disposed of an empty 5 gal. propane tank
having trash collector take it in normal trash pickup. A friend had a
tank supplier in our area charge him a hazardous waste fee to trade in
his tank. Guess he was gypped.
I don't think hair spray has a label on it "Dispose of in a safe
place". That's the only thing that made me start thinking about it.
I don't have any hairspray, but I have a can of Scotchguard nearby. It
says Do not puncture or incinerate. Even though the trash truck
could puncture it when it compresses the trash, I think it's designed
so the odds are pretty low. I'm very literal, and it's only the
propane tat says "in a safe place". :)
I called our city about getting rid of propane tanks for gas grill. Our
city has a lot of
recycling programs, but don't take propane tanks. City said that
Walmart and Lowes take empties. Perhaps they
take your smaller ones as well. Or perhaps a welding shop knows what to do.
Return them to a store that has one of those "Rhino" ( or other brand )
propane replacement cages outside. In my town, they have them at beer
stores, supermarkets, and quick stop stores, among others. Get new
approved OPD full tanks for your old tanks.
I agree. If the OP is still concerned, he can always call his
local City Hall. They are generally VERY responsive and helpful
when it comes to "How do I properly dispose of..." questions.
In some cities, they might refer you to a utility company but
they're typically just as helpful on these matters.
Every time I've called in one of those questions I have
received instructions that were legal, safe, responsible,
and totally satisfactory to me in terms of cost/convenience.
Most cities and utility companies are pretty darn good at
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Unless it is a very OLD cylinder, contemporary disposal instructions should be
on a label on the tank. Still, if it is "completely" empty, there is no good
reason to not place it into the general waste stream.
It is virtually inert and of small enough capacity that any remaining gas is
of no concern. It will eventually rust away underground. In a modern
landfill, this would cause NO problem.
Recycling of this type of container is not recommended or allowed (I believe)
due to the possibility of residual gas.
All it says is "When cylinder is empty, discard in safe place" I
guess I understand why they don't say what a safe place is, because
different places have different rules, but on the surface it sounds
stupid to give no more details than safe. Take it to the police? The
fire department? The bank? A safe deposit box? :)
It's pretty old. It's BernzOmatic and it's black, but I don't think
that says how old it is. It's model TX-9, but I'll bet that's still
the model number. It's CAS No. 74-98-6 UN-1075
Actually I saw a device somewhere, a hose with connectors at the ends,
that enables one to re"fill" it from the 20 pound tank. I don't know
if this is UL or otherwise approved, and I can't get my head around
whether it would have as much propane inside as a new can would, or
how much less.
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