Recycling Tips for Unwanted Propane Tanks, Grills, & More!

How to recycle unwanted propane tanks and appliances

From disposing of an old grill to swapping out your empty propane tank for a fresh one, check out the following tips to help you know the best way to get rid of your old or unwanted backyard propane-powered appliances.

 

How Do I Properly Dispose of My Old Gas Grill?

Proper maintenance and appropriate replacement of parts will extend the longevity of your gas grill, but when it’s time to part ways with your old grill it can be difficult to know what to do next. Before just getting rid of it, follow these recommendations to help you safely and responsibly dispose of your old grill.

  • Clean all surfaces as thoroughly as possible of any food debris.
  • Make sure the gas is off, disconnect the propane tank, and then disassemble the grill. Be sure to wear work gloves for protection.
  • Steel, stainless steel, cast iron, brass and aluminum parts can be recycled at your local scrap metal dealer or at a recycling center; visit earth911.com to find one near you.
  • Most plastic parts can also be recycled; follow local municipal guidelines for plastic recycling.
  • Metal-plated parts, caster wheels, gauges, hinges, and regulator/hose assemblies should be disposed of in your standard domestic garbage waste disposal system.
  • For batteries and electronics, check with your local government for disposal practices. Also, be sure to contact your manufacturer or consult your owner’s manual for further details.
 

What Should I Do With Unused Patio Accessories?

Whether it’s a patio heater or an outdoor fire pit, sometimes our favorite backyard appliances could use a little upgrade. When the time comes to buy something new, we encourage you to consider these helpful tips for proper disposal of your old propane-powered patio appliances.

  • Clean all surfaces of any debris.
  • Make sure the propane tank is off and disconnected from the regulator/hose before disassembling the appliance. Be sure to wear work gloves for protection against sharp edges or burrs in the metal.
  • Steel, stainless steel, cast iron, brass, and aluminum parts can be recycled at your local scrap metal dealer, or at some recycling centers. Visit earth911.com to find a recycling center near you.
  • Many plastic parts can also be recycled; follow local municipal guidelines for plastic recycling.
  • Insulator cones, door magnets, logs, lava rocks, weight plates, wheels, and regulator hose assemblies should be disposed of in your standard domestic garbage waste disposal system.
  • - Contact your manufacturer or consult your owner’s manual for further details.
 

My Propane Tank is Empty… Now What Do I Do?

Best Option: Propane Tank Exchange

If you run out of propane and need a new tank before your next cookout, don’t worry – Blue Rhino has you covered! Visit our Propane Finder to find the nearest Blue Rhino retailer to you. Just drop, swap, and go when you need a fresh tank! (Yeah, it’s that easy.) Not only is it saving the environment by generating less waste, it also saves you cash! After all, it’s a lot cheaper to exchange a tank than buy a new one.

Second Best Option: Recycle Your Propane Tank

Since there’s a possibility of propane left in the tank, many landfills, recycling centers, and scrap metal dealers will not accept unwanted tanks for recycling. However, some propane exchange companies, including Blue Rhino, will happily take your unused propane cylinders and recycle them at no cost to you. If you have a propane tank that you don’t want, place your old tank beside a Blue Rhino display and we’ll take care of the rest.

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