Where Can I Dispose of My Propane Tank?

Where Can I Dispose of My Propane Tank

March 12, 2018 ____ Propane Answers

Where Can I Dispose of My Propane Tank?

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 be a time when you don’t need it any more.

Propane Tank Disposal

One of the first things you should do when you have a tank you need to get rid of is call the company that handles your propane needs. They might 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 company a call.

Safety is always an issue regarding propane tank disposal. The tanks will sometimes still contain a small amount of gas and propane dealers can safely recover the product in the tank. After the 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. Leave it to the professionals!

Another option is to call your town or city or check out their website. While it’s most likely they won’t pick up propane tanks at your regularly scheduled trash pick-up, they may have certain spots throughout town that accept these types of things. Quite often you can dispose of them for free; you just have to get to the dump.

Underground Propane Tanks

Underground propane tanks can be removed and disposed of, but the amount of work involved is quite often not the best option. The preferred method of underground tank disposal is recovering all of the gas and pressure from the tank and then filling the tank with water or sand. Again, leave this to the professionals. When properly cared for the underground tank poses no threat to the soil or the environment. This method of disposal is the approved method by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Check out their website for disposal and safety information.

Propane tank disposal is a very serious matter that should be left to the 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.


  1. Thanks for explaining that underground tanks are more complex, so it is best to fill them with sand or water when the tank has been drained. My brother bought a house that has an underground propane tank, and he wants to remove it because he plans on installing a pool this summer. I will p[ass him the tips so he can contact a propane company and see if the tank could be removed, or see if he can keep it since it will be useful to heat up the pool as well.

  2. I will need to familiarize myself with propane products because I’m planning to start a food truck business someday. I’m planning to add barbecues in the menu so getting propane tanks for the grill would be the way go. It’s interesting to know that tank disposal should be left to professionals because there would still be a tiny amount of the gas inside.

  3. I like that you recommend leaving the disposing matter to the professionals and ask the gas delivery person to put it in the safest place. I just moved from my parent’s house to a new house with my 3-year-old daughter, and I don’t know where is the safest place to put it to avoid my daughter sees it. I will start looking for a propane gas delivery service, and I will make sure I ask them to put it in a safe place.

  4. I didn’t realize that an underground tank is best left beneath your property with the gas and pressure removed and replaced with water. My husband and I just bought a house, and we are trying to decide if we want to go with a propane tank or if we want a system hooked up to the city’s lines. I think we’ll go with propane because the house already has a tank.

  5. I have a small cylinder for my gas grill. Last time I filled it I was told I would need a new one for the next fill. Where do I buy one? Can I exchange the old one with the purchase of a new one? If not, how do I dispose of it?

    1. Hello Catherine! If your Small Cylinder is from Paraco, you can visit the nearest location to you, that offers the BBQ Tank Exchange option – You can check our locations here. At some of our locations, you can refill, exchange, or dispose of cylinders.

  6. I have a 6′ long old propane tank and need to replace it. The company I use wants to set it in the back of my property and leave it there. It was built in 1945. I would like to dispose of it but can’t find anyone who will take it. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi, Helen!

      If the container is completely empty and de-valved, (open to the environment with no flammable gas present) then any scrap company should take it, but it will likely need a propane company with a crane truck to remove it.

      Hope that helps! Give us a call at 1.800.647.4227 if we can do anything else for you!

    1. Hi there! 1 pound cylinders are not refillable and are designed for single use. Once completely depleted, they can be discarded. It is best practice to drill a hole or punch a hole in the container prior to discarding.

      If you’d like to discard it at a staffed Paraco location, we will usually accept it! Give us a call at 1.800.647.4227 to find your nearest location and possibly make arrangements. Hope that helps!

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