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There are two types of propane tanks: non-refillable (small, often green; used for camp stoves; also called disposable or 1-pound) and refillable (bigger, often white; come in a variety of sizes such as 20-pound, 100-pound). BC’s current Extended Producer Responsibility 5-Year Action Plan calls for compressed cylinders, such as propane tanks, to be included in provincial recycling programs; however, there is no comprehensive program at this time.
Non-refillable propane tanks are typically managed as scrap metal because they cannot be reused. Check with your local landfill, transfer station, or scrap metal company for options and requirements.
Refillable propane tanks can be refilled and reused multiple times. Such tanks do have expiration dates, but often they can be exchanged for new tanks. Look for an exchange program at a retailer near you. For tanks at the end of their useful lives, check with your local landfill, transfer station, or scrap metal company for options and requirements.
Never place a pressurized cylinder in your garbage or curbside recycling bins as they can cause explosions when compacted in collection trucks.
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