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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.

Damaged or empty propane tanks and cylinders are hazardous waste and should never be put in the garbage or recycling as they could become punctured during the collection process and cause a fire or injury.

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.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Delta HHW Collection Facility 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off, Drop-off for a Fee
Airgas Store (Berkeley - 6th St) 1224 Sixth St Berkeley Recycle Drop-off for a Fee unusual shapes & sizes. Not camping propane.
Airgas Store (Berkeley - Gilman) 635 Gilman St Berkeley Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Call for details.
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
Home Depot 5631 Lone Tree Way Brentwood Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Brentwood Ace Hardware 8900 Brentwood Blvd.
Ste. J
Brentwood Reuse Drop-off for a Fee refills and exchanges
REI (Concord) 1975 Diamond Blvd
Ste B100, The Willows Shopping Center
Concord Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Bill's Ace Hardware 4451 Clayton Rd. Concord Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Propane refills and exchanges
Home Depot 2090 Meridian Park Blvd. Concord Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Suburban Propane 1765 Arnold Industrial Way Concord Reuse Free Drop-off
U-Haul Dublin 6265 Scarlett Ct Dublin Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells empty or full cylinders and refills cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
Airgas Store (Dublin) 6849 Dublin Blvd Dublin Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Call for details.
Home Depot 1781 E. Bayshore Rd East Palo Alto Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Home Depot 11939 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Home Depot (Emeryville) 3838 Hollis St. Emeryville Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Freon Free 1881 Walters Ct Suite A Fairfield Recycle Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee Services them
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Fremont Facility) 41149 Boyce Rd.
(At the Fremont Transfer Station - follow the trucks)
Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off The Alameda County Hazardous Waste facilities cannot accept compressed gas cylinders other than propane, and only 5 gallons or less in volume.
REI (Fremont) 43962 Fremont Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Mission Tennyson 76 28590 Mission Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills empty cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
Dale Hardware 3700 Thornton Ave. Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Propane Tank Refilling. Barbecues, RV propane tanks, outdoor heaters – we refill it for you while you wait, no minimum amount required. Replacement tanks available.

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