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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
Home Depot (Emeryville) 3838 Hollis St. Emeryville Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Fast Gas and Propane 13700 Catalina St San Leandro Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills cylinders only.
Fredericksen Hardware 3029 Fillmore St. San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off refill
Home Depot (Fremont) 43900 Ice House Ter. Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
REI (Fremont) 43962 Fremont Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Blue Rhino One Liberty Plaza Liberty Reuse Drop-off for a Fee
Home Depot (Hayward) 21787 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Home Depot 5631 Lone Tree Way Brentwood Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Home Depot (Union City) 30055 Industrial Pkwy. Union City Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Home Depot 2090 Meridian Park Blvd. Concord Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Home Depot (San Leandro) 1933 Davis St. San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Home Depot 11939 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Repurposed Materials 10220 Brighton Rd
Unit 7
Henderson Reuse Buyback Mail-in Commercial volume. propane tanks
Home Depot (Pleasanton) 6000 Johnson Ave. Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Cole Hardware (Rockridge) 5533 College Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Propane exchange. Does not accept single use small propane canisters. Small camp
Home Depot 1625 Sycamore Ave. Hercules Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Allied Propane Service 5000 Seaport Ave. Richmond Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills Propane
Home Depot (Oakland) 4000 Alameda Ave. Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Home Depot 2300 N. Park Blvd. Pittsburg Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
REI (Concord) 1975 Diamond Blvd
Ste B100, The Willows Shopping Center
Concord Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.

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