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Compressed Gas Cylinders - Refillable

Refillable compressed gas or fuel cylinders most often contains propane, a flammable gas used for heating and cooking and have a special valve for professional refueling.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

Empty, good condition tanks can be exchanged or refilled where you got it (e.g. 1lb or 5-20lb propane cylinders, SodaStream gas cylinders) or have the supplier come pick it up. Look for a label to contact and return an unwanted cylinder to. Old, rusty or unknown cylinders may be taken to a scrap metal company once they have been completely emptied with the valves safely removed. Companies that specialize in gas cylinders may offer this service.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Airgas Store (Berkeley - 6th St) 1224 Sixth St Berkeley Recycle Paid Drop-off unusual shapes & sizes. Not camping propane.
Airgas Store (Berkeley - Gilman) 635 Gilman St Berkeley Recycle Paid Drop-off Call for details.
Airgas Store (Dublin) 6849 Dublin Blvd Dublin Recycle Paid Drop-off Call for details.
Airgas Store (Hayward) 30131 Industrial Pkwy SW Hayward Recycle Paid Drop-off Call for details.
Airgas Store (Livermore) 800 Greenville Rd Livermore Recycle Paid Pick-up unusual shapes & sizes
Airgas Store (Oakland) 555 Julie Ann Way Oakland Recycle Paid Drop-off Call for details.
Airgas Store (San Carlos) 820 Industrial Rd San Carlos Recycle Paid Pick-up unusual shapes & sizes
Airgas Store (San Jose) 140 S. Montgomery St San Jose Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up unusual shapes & sizes
Airgas Store (San Leandro) 1592 Doolittle Dr San Leandro Recycle Paid Drop-off Call for details.
ALCO Iron & Metal (San Leandro) 2140 Davis Street San Leandro Repair Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Call for details regarding valves off, empty, holes drilled, etc. Designated spot for empty cylinders.
Allied Propane Service 5000 Seaport Ave. Richmond Reuse Paid Drop-off Refills Propane
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley Recycle Paid Drop-off
Bill's Ace Hardware 4451 Clayton Rd. Concord Reuse Paid Drop-off Propane refills and exchanges
Bill's Ace Hardware 3610 Pacheco Blvd. Martinez Recycle Paid Drop-off Soda Stream canister exchange - all sizes
Blue Rhino One Liberty Plaza Liberty Reuse Paid Drop-off
Brentwood Ace Hardware 8900 Brentwood Blvd.
Ste. J
Brentwood Reuse Paid Drop-off refills and exchanges
Central Contra Costa HHW Collection Facility 4797 Imhoff Pl. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off Propane only. Five gallons or less.
Chevron Oakland (Hegenberger) 451 Hegenberger Oakland Reuse Paid Drop-off Refills empty cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station Program 2501 Embarcadero Way Palo Alto Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
Cole Hardware (Rockridge) 5533 College Ave Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Does not accept single use small propane canisters.

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