Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
MLK Smog Shop 5509 Martin Luther King Jr Way Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills reusable 1 lb propane cylinders
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.
Laurel Ace Hardware 4024 MacArthur Ave. Oakland Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Propane exchange or refill.
U-Haul Refill Station Locator 5330 International Blvd Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Location finder for propane refills. Fee for refill
Home Depot (Oakland) 4000 Alameda Ave. Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Oakland Facility) 2100 East 7th Street Oakland 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.
Cole Hardware (Rockridge) 5533 College Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Propane exchange. Does not accept single use small propane canisters. Small camp
Re-Up Refills 6025 College Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Free drop off of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) cartridges, like Soda Stream, Drink Mate. They stock and thus, give deposits for DrinkMate cartridges.
Soda Stream Exchange and Recycling Locator Store Drop-off option : Bed Bath & Beyond
590 2nd St
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Mail-in for a Fee See Store Locator webside for drop-off locations and mail-in exchange program.
Chevron Oakland (Hegenberger) 451 Hegenberger Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills empty cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
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.
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.
Recycling Center & Transfer Station - Contra Costa Waste Service 1300 Loveridge Rd. Pittsburg Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
Home Depot 2300 N. Park Blvd. Pittsburg Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Home Depot (Pleasanton) 6000 Johnson Ave. Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Drop-off for a Fee
Allied Propane Service 5000 Seaport Ave. Richmond Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills Propane
Safety Kleen Systems (Rohnert Park) 5750 Commerce Blvd Rohnert Park Safe Disposal Pick-up for a Fee Discharge and collection services.
Safety Kleen Systems (Sacramento) 6000 88th Street Sacramento Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Discharge and collection services.
Airgas Store (San Carlos) 820 Industrial Rd San Carlos Recycle Pick-up for a Fee unusual shapes & sizes

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