Propane tanks of all sizes may need to be disposed of one day. Whether it is a barbecue tank, used for a patio heater, or an underground tank, there may come a time when you don’t need it anymore.
One of the first things you should do when you have to throw away your propane tank is to call the company that handles your propane needs. They may be able to pick it up, and if they can’t do that, they can point you in the right direction. Be sure to give a reputable local propane company a call.
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It’s important to always keep safety in mind when it comes to propane tank disposal. Some tanks still contain a small amount of gas, and that’s why it’s important to call in verified technicians. Only propane dealers can safely recover it.
After that residual propane is safely transferred to a different tank, the cylinder is depressurized and all the valves and fittings are removed.
This is NOT something that should be performed by an unlicensed individual. Removing gas from a cylinder or any propane tank prior to disposal can result in fire, injury, or death.
Once again, we must stress that this is a job best left to the professionals.
Another option is to call your town or city or check out their website. While it’s likely they won’t pick up propane tanks at your regularly scheduled trash pick-up, they may have certain areas throughout town that accept these types of things and/or special dates for disposal.
It’s also likely that you can be able to dispose of them for free yourself with a trip to your local waste management facility or recycling center. Just be sure to call ahead or check their website for specific information on hazardous waste and propane tank disposal so that you don’t waste a trip or potentially face disappointment.
For underground propane tank removal, there’s significantly more work involved.
The preferred method of underground tank disposal is recovering all of the gas and pressure from the tank, then filling the tank with water or sand. Again, leave this to the professionals. The process may sound simple, but it’s far from easy.
When properly cared for, underground storage tanks pose no threat to the soil or the environment, so it’s best to let them be.
This method of disposal is the approved method by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Their website provides further disposal and safety information.
Propane tank disposal is a very serious matter that should be left to professionals. Be sure to call your city’s government to find out any laws pertaining to propane tank disposal, and when you need to get rid of it call a licensed, trained professional — like the specialists here at Paraco.