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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 (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)
REI (Concord) 1975 Diamond Blvd
Ste B100, The Willows Shopping Center
Concord Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Home Depot 2300 N. Park Blvd. Pittsburg Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Bill's Ace Hardware 4451 Clayton Rd. Concord Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Propane refills and exchanges
Home Depot (Newark) 5401 Thornton Ave. Newark Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills & exchanges (fee)
Home Depot 1781 E. Bayshore Rd East Palo Alto Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
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.
Home Depot 2750 Crow Canyon Rd. San Ramon Reuse Free Drop-off Propane refills
Brentwood Ace Hardware 8900 Brentwood Blvd.
Ste. J
Brentwood Reuse Drop-off for a Fee refills and exchanges
Mission Tennyson 76 28590 Mission Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Refills empty cylinders, including reusable 1 lb cylinders
Suburban Propane 1765 Arnold Industrial Way Concord Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
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
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

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