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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
Linde/Praxair Welding Gas & Equipment Center 2615 Alvarado St San Leandro Repair Paid Drop-off
Linde/Praxair Welding Gas & Equipment Center 2615 Alvarado St San Leandro Recycle Paid Drop-off
Mission Tennyson 76 28590 Mission Blvd Fremont Reuse Paid Drop-off Refills empty cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
MLK Smog Shop 5509 Martin Luther King Jr Way Oakland Reuse Paid Drop-off Refills reusable 1 lb propane cylinders
North State Environmental (South San Francisco) 220 South Spruce Avenue
Suite 200
South San Francisco Recycle Paid Pick-up
Pick-Up Propane BBQ Tank Exchange (CA Location Finder) 889 West Grand Ave
ARCO AM/PM (IFuels Inc.) (Pick Up Propane Location)
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Fee for exchange, upgrade or sale.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Paid Drop-off
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Facility 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per day of all household hazardous waste. San Francisco residents only. Address verification required. Open Thursday-Saturday only from 8am-4pm.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up San Francisco Residents only.
Recycling Center & Transfer Station - Contra Costa Waste Service 1300 Loveridge Rd. Pittsburg Recycle Paid Drop-off
REI (Berkeley) 1338 San Pablo Ave
(near Gilman)
Berkeley Reuse Paid Drop-off Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
REI (Dublin) 7099 Amador Plaza Rd Dublin Reuse Paid Drop-off Sells refillable 1lb propane
REI (Fremont) 43962 Fremont Blvd Fremont Reuse Paid Drop-off Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Repurposed Materials 10220 Brighton Rd
Unit 7
Henderson Reuse Buyback Mail-in propane tanks
Safety Kleen (San Jose) 1147 N 10th Street San Jose Recycle Paid Pick-up Discharge and collection services.
Safety Kleen Systems (Rohnert Park) 5750 Commerce Blvd Rohnert Park Safe Disposal Paid Pick-up Discharge and collection services.
Safety Kleen Systems (Sacramento) 6000 88th Street Sacramento Recycle Paid Pick-up Discharge and collection services.
Schnitzer Steel (Oakland) 1101 Embarcadero West Oakland Recycle Buyback Pick-up Commercial quantity. Gas cylinders including air bottles, shock absorbers, propane, and other gas tanks, must be cut in half and valves removed. Acetylene cylinders are strictly prohibited.
Soda Stream Exchange and Recycling Locator Store Drop-off option : Bed Bath & Beyond
590 2nd St
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Paid Mail-in See Store Locator webside for drop-off locations and mail-in exchange program.
Suburban Propane 1765 Arnold Industrial Way Concord Reuse Free Drop-off

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