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Department of Solid Waste Management

Propane Tanks

If your municipal recycling center does not accept propane tanks, please contact your local propane distributor for proper disposal or exchange of your propane tank.

There are a few options to recycle your propane tanks:

1. Take it to any Blue Rhino location. Blue Rhino. Standard sized (20lbs.) propane tanks of any brand are accepted at Blue Rhino locations and there is no charge to participate in their program.

2.Take it to any Paraco Gas Dealer location.

Tanks are refurbished if possible; if the tank does not meet safety and quality standards they will simply recycle the tank.

Safety information

For consumer's safety, the National Fire Protection Association enacted code changes concerning certain propane tanks. These code changes appear in "NFPA 58," a booklet of National Fire Protection Association codes published for the propane industry.

As of April 1, 2002, an Overfill Prevention Device (OPD) valve is required on typical #4 to #40-sized propane cylinders.

These cylinder sizes are typically usually used to fuel outdoor grills, camp stoves, etc. After April 1, 2002 these cylinders cannot be filled without the OPD valve.

The OPD valve is a float-activated device designed to assist safe propane refilling and reduce the possibility of hydrostatic relief valve discharges.

Propane cylinders with an "OPD" valve can be easily identified by looking for the "OPD" stamp on top of the handwheel.