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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
REI (Concord) 1975 Diamond Blvd
Ste B100, The Willows Shopping Center
Concord Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
REI (Fremont) 43962 Fremont Blvd Fremont Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Sells refillable 1lb propane bottles.
Repurposed Materials 10220 Brighton Rd
Unit 7
Henderson Reuse Buyback Mail-in Commercial volume. propane tanks
Safety Kleen (San Jose) 1147 N 10th Street San Jose Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Discharge and collection services.
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.
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, Mail-in for a Fee See Store Locator webside for drop-off locations and mail-in exchange program.
Suburban Propane 1765 Arnold Industrial Way Concord Reuse Free Drop-off
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 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 Hayward 529 Jackson St Hayward 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
U-Haul Refill Station Locator 5330 International Blvd Oakland Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Location finder for propane refills. Fee for refill

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