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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
Laurel Ace Hardware 4024 MacArthur Ave. Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Propane exchange or refill.
MLK Smog Shop 5509 Martin Luther King Jr Way Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills reusable 1 lb propane cylinders
Home Depot (Pleasanton) 6000 Johnson Ave. Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Home Depot (Oakland) 4000 Alameda Ave. Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Fredericksen Hardware 3029 Fillmore St. San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off refill
Kamps Propane 3664 Depot Road Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off, Pick-up for a Fee Sells full cylinders and exchanges cylinders, including reusable 1 lb propane cylinders
Home Depot (Newark) 5401 Thornton Ave. Newark Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
U-Haul Refill Station Locator 5330 International Blvd Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Location finder for propane refills. Fee for refill
Repurposed Materials 10220 Brighton Rd
Unit 7
Henderson Reuse Buyback Mail-in Commercial volume. propane tanks
Fast Gas and Propane 13700 Catalina St San Leandro Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills cylinders only.
Blue Rhino One Liberty Plaza Liberty Reuse Drop-off for a Fee
Allied Propane Service 5000 Seaport Ave. Richmond Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills Propane
REI (Fremont) 43962 Fremont Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
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.
Safety Kleen Systems (Rohnert Park) 5750 Commerce Blvd Rohnert Park Safe Disposal Pick-up for a Fee Discharge and collection services.

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