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Where Can I Dispose of My Propane Tank?

March 12, 2018
Where Can I Dispose of My Propane Tank?

Propane tanks of all sizes may need to be disposed of one day. Whether it is a barbecue tank, used for a patio heater, or an underground tank, there may be a time when you don’t need it any more.

Propane Tank Disposal

One of the first things you should do when you have a tank you need to get rid of is call the company that handles your propane needs. They might be able to pick it up, and if they can’t do that, they can point you in the right direction. Be sure to give a reputable company a call.

Safety is always an issue regarding propane tank disposal. The tanks will sometimes still contain a small amount of gas and propane dealers can safely recover the product in the tank. After the propane is safely transferred to a different tank, the cylinder is depressurized and all the valves and fittings are removed. This is not something that should be performed by an unlicensed individual. Removing gas from a cylinder or any propane tank prior to disposal can result in fire, injury or death. Leave it to the professionals!

Another option is to call your town or city or check out their website. While it’s most likely they won’t pick up propane tanks at your regularly scheduled trash pick-up, they may have certain spots throughout town that accept these types of things. Quite often you can dispose of them for free; you just have to get to the dump.

Underground Propane Tanks

Underground propane tanks can be removed and disposed of, but the amount of work involved is quite often not the best option. The preferred method of underground tank disposal is recovering all of the gas and pressure from the tank and then filling the tank with water or sand. Again, leave this to the professionals. When properly cared for the underground tank poses no threat to the soil or the environment. This method of disposal is the approved method by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Check out their website for disposal and safety information.

Propane tank disposal is a very serious matter that should be left to the professionals. Be sure to call your city’s government to find out any laws pertaining to propane tank disposal, and when you need to get rid of it call a licensed, trained professional.