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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
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
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
U-Haul Livermore 3429 Gardella Plaza Livermore Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells empty or full cylinders and refills cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
Linde/Praxair Welding Gas & Equipment Center 2615 Alvarado St San Leandro Reuse Drop-off for a Fee
U-Haul Fremont (Grimmer) 44511 S. Grimmer Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells empty or full cylinders and refills cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
U-Haul Fremont (Thornton) 4833 Thornton Ave Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells empty or full cylinders and refills cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
U-Haul Refill Station Locator 5330 International Blvd Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Location finder for propane refills. Fee for refill
U-Haul Hayward 529 Jackson St Hayward Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells empty or full cylinders and refills cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
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
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
REI (Fremont) 43962 Fremont Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Home Depot 5631 Lone Tree Way Brentwood Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Home Depot 2090 Meridian Park Blvd. Concord Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Fredericksen Hardware 3029 Fillmore St. San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off refill
Home Depot 11939 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
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
Home Depot 2300 N. Park Blvd. Pittsburg Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills

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