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How Do I Dispose of Old Propane Tanks?

Make Sure You Retire Them Safely

propane tanks

Propane storage tanks have a pretty long life—the refillable cylinders can last 5 to 10 years as long as they are regularly checked and recertified. Rust, dents or signs of corrosion are signs that it’s time to replace your cylinder. And larger storage tanks last even longer, since they don’t get banged up from transport. Rust and corrosion are a bigger factor in their lifespan. But as with just about everything, they don’t last forever. But even the smallest amount of propane left in the tank can be hazardous if you just throw it out with the trash.

So what’s the best way to dispose of them safely and responsibly?

Portable Cylinders

If you use a refillable 5- or 10-gallon tank for your grill or outdoor firepit, recycling is easy. Propane dealers who refill these propane tanks will make sure your tank is in good shape and can sell you a new tank when yours is no longer usable. All DOT portable propane tanks must be recertified for use every 5 or 10 years, depending on the cylinder type, condition, and previous recertification method. When it’s time to retire your tank, your propane dealer should be able to take your old tank and make it’s completely empty, disassemble it and sell the tank as scrap.

If the propane dealer who refills your tank can’t take it, contact your town’s public works department about recycling your tank, or your local hazardous waste disposal site.

If you work with a company that exchanges your empty tank for a full one, they make sure tanks in circulation are in good shape and dispose of the old ones properly so you don’t have to.

You shouldn’t try to empty the tank yourself. If you don’t completely empty it and the tank gets put into a compactor, it could ignite or explode.

Large Propane Storage Tanks

If you lease your storage tank from us, we’ll make sure it’s always in good shape. And, if it does need to be replaced, due to age or damage, we’ll handle it for your safely. We will purge any remaining propane and transport the tank for disposal or recycling as scrap.

The Pitstop team has more than 30 years of experience installing tanks safely and we can also make sure your old tank is disconnected and safely transported away. We’ve got you covered for your replacement tank too. We’ll make sure your needs haven’t changed and ensure your tank is the right size to fuel the appliances and equipment in your home.

Propane Delivery

Just as important as having a well-maintained tank is knowing that you have reliable propane delivery service. That’s one of the many reasons Mainers trust Pitstop for prompt, safe, and courteous propane delivery service for their homes and businesses.

Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.