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Compressed Gas Cylinders - Single-use/Non-working

Single-use compressed gas cylinders are commonly used for camp stoves, welding, filled with flammable propane or butane.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

Single-use compressed gas cylinders are commonly used for camp stoves, welding, filled with flammable propane or butane. Damaged or empty gas cylinders are hazardous waste and should never be put in the garbage or recycling. They could become punctured during the collection process and cause a fire or injury.

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 or have additional disposal suggestions. As possible, take it back to where you got it or have the supplier come pick it up. For situations other than common fuels, contact a hazardous waste pick-up hauler.

Bring home empty single-use gas containers from camping or tailgating for proper disposal. Consider switching to refillable camping gas 1lb cylinders. Go to RefuelYourFun.org for details and locations.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Linde/Praxair Welding Gas & Equipment Center 2615 Alvarado St San Leandro Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Empty
Airgas Store (Livermore) 800 Greenville Rd Livermore Recycle Pick-up for a Fee unusual shapes & sizes
Central Contra Costa HHW Collection Facility 4797 Imhoff Pl. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off Propane only. Five gallons or less.
Airgas Store (San Jose) 140 S. Montgomery St San Jose Recycle Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee unusual shapes & sizes
Airgas Store (San Carlos) 820 Industrial Rd San Carlos Recycle Pick-up for a Fee unusual shapes & sizes
Safety Kleen (San Jose) 1147 N 10th Street San Jose Recycle Pick-up for a Fee
Cole Hardware 345 9th St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Empty campstove-size only
Cole Hardware, Vallejo St. 627 Vallejo St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Empty campstove-size only
Cole Hardware 70 4th St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Empty campstove-size only
Cole Hardware 956 Cole St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Empty campstove-size only
Delta HHW Collection Facility 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off, Drop-off for a Fee
Cole Hardware 2254 Polk St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Empty campstove-size only
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up San Francisco Residents only.
Laurel Ace Hardware 4024 MacArthur Ave. Oakland Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Soda Stream canister exchange - all sizes
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.
Alamo (Dublin) Ace Hardware 7373 Village Pkwy Dublin Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Propane exchange. Soda Stream canister exchange - all sizes
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.
Target (2700 Fifth St) 2700 Fifth Street Alameda Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Soda Stream canister exchange - all sizes
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Empty, depressurized metal gas cylinders can go in your blue recycle cart. The valve must been removed or the tank must be clearly punctured. Pressurized cylinders can to the HHW Station.
Hassett Ace Hardware 875 Alma Street Palo Alto Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Soda Stream canister exchange - all sizes

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