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Helium Tanks - Empty

A helium tank is a pressurized cylinder containing helium gas often used for party balloons. Large tanks are often rented, as they are refillable. Small tanks can be recycled as scrap metal when all gas is drained and the relief disc is removed.

Household Hazardous Waste

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

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Fremont Facility) 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Safe Disposal Free Drop-off "Balloon tanks" only, no commercial cylinders
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Hayward Facility) 2091 West Winton Avenue Hayward Safe Disposal Free Drop-off "Balloon tanks" only, no commercial cylinders
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Livermore Facility) 5584 La Ribera Street Livermore Safe Disposal Free Drop-off "Balloon tanks" only, no commercial cylinders
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Oakland Facility) 2100 East 7th Street Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off "Balloon tanks" only, no commercial cylinders
Berkeley Recycling Center 669 Gilman St.
(corner of 2nd & Gilman)
Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off Empty tanks should have visible 4\" hole. Universal Waste area.
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.
Cole Hardware 345 9th St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts only propane and helium tanks, and does not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
Cole Hardware 70 4th St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts only propane and helium tanks, and does not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
Cole Hardware 956 Cole St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts only propane and helium tanks, and does not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
Cole Hardware 2254 Polk St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts only propane and helium tanks, and does not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
Cole Hardware, Vallejo St. 627 Vallejo St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts only propane and helium tanks, and does not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
Davis Street (WM) Resource Recovery Complex (Transfer Station) 2615 Davis St. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off Recycle drop-off area
Delta HHW Collection Facility 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off, Paid Drop-off
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Paid Pick-up 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
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Recycle Paid Drop-off
Recology San Francisco Transfer Station Public Recycling and Disposal Drop Off 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Paid Drop-off Must be empty.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up San Francisco Residents only.

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