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How to recycle / dispose propane tanks

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We accept helium and propane tanks at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station at no charge.

At the Transfer Station, proceed to the Recycling Area. Hand your tank directly to an attendant on the upper lot near the electronics recycling drop-off.

Tanks/cylinders must be 20 pounds or less in size.

We accept

  • empty tanks
  • tanks with remaining helium or propane.

Whenever possible, return propane, helium, SCUBA and other tanks to the vendor or supplier from which you obtained them for reuse. If you can't return the tank, try to use up the contents so the tank is no longer under pressure.

What is not accepted?

We do not accept these types of cylinders or tanks

  • home or commercial oxygen
  • commercial acetylene
  • tanks larger than 20 pounds

To avoid explosion risks, propane tanks (and other pressurized metal containers) are not accepted in Montgomery County's curbside blue bin collections, or in its curbside scrap metal recycling collections.

Locations accepted

  • Transfer Station

Material type

  • Other