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#1649641 - 12/17/08 06:42 PM
Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks
wayne123 Offline
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People (including myself) were commenting on how to dispose of one pound propane tanks on the post about size of propane tanks. I wanted to start a seperate thread on this subject because I have a bunch I want to get rid of.

I did find the following on the Hennepin County Website:

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Gas Cylinders (1-pound size)

Accepted At These Hennepin County Facilities. Proof of residency required (MN drivers license or current utility bill).

Bloomington Drop Off Facility

No Fee

Small one pound cylinders only (look for DOT-39 on the label)

DO NOT THROW IN THE TRASH!

We accept small 1-pound butane and propane non-refillable cylinders only.

Because gas cylinders and tanks contain a compressed gas, if they are thrown in the trash they can explode and cause injury to solid waste workers. When they seem to be empty, there is still a small amount of explosive gas left in the cylinder, even when it no longer shows a flame.
_______________

On the other thread people were commenting that you could depressurize the cylinder and throw them in the trash. Is this recommended by the manufacturer?
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#1649763 - 12/17/08 07:47 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: wayne123]
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This is some great info, and a good reminder. However, with the newer style 1 lbers out now, does the same hold true? I believe that the new kind come with a cap that's screwed on after the cylinder's spent that releases the rest of the gas. With all of the gas expelled from the tank, it can be safely thrown into the trash, or recycled. Hopefully the latter.



Edited by hovermn (12/17/08 07:47 PM)
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#1649839 - 12/17/08 08:25 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: hovermn]
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I put a bullet hole in them and toss them in the trash, or send them to the recyclers. That may not be the politicaly correct way to do it, but is is a loophole in the system.

Might not work for the metro guys, but for us rural type it combines two things we love, guns and cheating the man.

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#1649856 - 12/17/08 08:32 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Neighbor_guy]
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lol, I hear you Neighbor guy

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#1649998 - 12/17/08 09:20 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: TonkaBass]
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Isn't there a way they can be refilled? Seems like such a waste.
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#1650078 - 12/17/08 09:58 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: koonie]
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If you are a resident of Dakota County drop them off at the Recycling Zone. I work there.. Many counties also have a program similar to what we run. The recycling zone takes all sorts of Haz waste that you accumulate around home. This is for residential homes and not businesses.

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#1650109 - 12/17/08 10:23 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: KTapper]
zamboni Offline
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KTapper- what do you guys do with them after they get dropped off?? I know alot of trash goes through the incinerator, but these things would obviously blow up. I have always wondered that about them.

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#1650116 - 12/17/08 10:32 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: zamboni]
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We are mostly a drop off site, we store them and a company comes and picks them up I'm not sure what they do with them.
But we take mostly anything you can imagine. We deal mostly with recycling like cans,glass,paper etc. Paint and drain oil are the most frequently dropped off.
Here is the website with a list of items accepted.

Dakota County Recycling Zone

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#1650151 - 12/17/08 11:48 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: KTapper]
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LOL neighbor guy. They do make a good target at 200 yards with the 06. a very satisfying boom if there is a little left in there.

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#1650166 - 12/18/08 12:35 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: deadeye]
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they do not blow up when shot. tried and tried and never any luck. even placed one in a fire and then shot it and that only produced a fast flame that sent it spinning around. but never a boom

it is what it is.....

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#1650169 - 12/18/08 01:10 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: mtreno]
PierBridge Offline
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Pull the valve and toss in the Trash!

Although the bullet hole idea seems like fun!
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#1650186 - 12/18/08 03:48 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: PierBridge]
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if you put a hole in them scrap metal places will accept them

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#1650203 - 12/18/08 04:54 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: koonie]
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Originally Posted By: koonie
Isn't there a way they can be refilled? Seems like such a waste.


There is a way to refill them but not sure how to do it or how safe it is and I agree, it is a big waste. Too bad the manufacturer wouldn't take them back and refill them, maybe charge a small deposit or something.
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#1650209 - 12/18/08 05:07 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: snoozebutton]
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Bout 3 years ago I moved and when cleaning out the garage I found a [PoorWordUsage] load of empty 1 pounders. I called the recycling place in S. St. Paul. They said if they were somehow unsealed they would take them. So I cut them all in half with a band saw and turned them in along with everything else I had for recycling.

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#1650255 - 12/18/08 06:13 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: PierBridge]
Ralph Wiggum Offline
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Originally Posted By: PierBridge
Pull the valve and toss in the Trash!


I tried that last year and the garbage collectors actually pulled them out and left them in my garbage can!
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#1650787 - 12/18/08 09:56 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Ralph Wiggum]
PierBridge Offline
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So they went through your Garbage bags?...lol

I suppose they didn't notice you pulled the valve on the tanks and that the tanks were not dangerous.
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#1651101 - 12/18/08 12:02 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Neighbor_guy]
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Originally Posted By: Neighbor_guy
I put a bullet hole in them and toss them in the trash, or send them to the recyclers. That may not be the politicaly correct way to do it, but is is a loophole in the system.

Might not work for the metro guys, but for us rural type it combines two things we love, guns and cheating the man.


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#1651103 - 12/18/08 12:04 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: wayne123]
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I bring mine home. After Im postive they are empty, I drill a hole in em on the side, and em set out for the trash man. No problem as long as they(trash men) can see they have a hole in em.They take em.

I live in St Paul.

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#1651317 - 12/18/08 01:57 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Just Me]
Tyler Voss Offline
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I just bought the refill adapter from the local fleet store and plan on trying it out soon.

Mr. Heater makes it

Your suppose to be able to attach the 1 lb tank to the 20 lb tank.
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#1651515 - 12/18/08 03:19 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: irishwalleye]
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Quote:
Might not work for the metro guys, but for us rural type it combines two things we love, guns and cheating the man.


Thats funny!

Good one Neighborguy!
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#1651568 - 12/18/08 03:48 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: SM1]
fatcat Offline
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got the refill adaptor, from Northeren Hyd. Now fill off 20Lb tank. Be carefull to open valve stem though, till start to frost then 2 full.
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#1651615 - 12/18/08 04:13 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: fatcat]
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i know when you refill them it is illegal to transport them

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#1651728 - 12/18/08 05:20 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: BK19]
Gordie Offline

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found three of the 1 lbers on the lake today all empty of course. seams some guys think that this is the correct waytoi get rid of the tanks. one day I find out whos doing this and tell them to read the lable despose of properly and if that dont work Neighbor guys quote will come out of my mouth.
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#1651769 - 12/18/08 05:43 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Gordie]
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they certainly make good objects to throw at people who try to fish or drive to close to you!
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#1651852 - 12/18/08 06:40 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: andrew chadwick]
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I have been using the refill adapter that I bought at Fleet Farm and have had very good luck. You are not able to get them all the way full but when you have 8 of em that is not a problem. Just make sure that you cool the tanks first, you are able to get more in than if they are at room temp.


Edited by goetler (12/18/08 06:42 PM)
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#1651987 - 12/18/08 07:45 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: goetler]
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Originally Posted By: goetler
I have been using the refill adapter that I bought at Fleet Farm and have had very good luck. You are not able to get them all the way full but when you have 8 of em that is not a problem. Just make sure that you cool the tanks first, you are able to get more in than if they are at room temp.


I also have used the refill adapter for about 2 years now. Goetler is spot on with his advise. I had a bunch of the 1 pounders laying around. I only re-fill them about 4 times then chuck them. I put the 1 pounders outside and let them get good and cold and I bring the 20lb tank inside to warm up. This seems to get the best results for filling. It also says to turn the 20lb tank upside down when filling the 1 pounders. By cooling the small tanks and warming the big one I think I get the 1 pounders about 3/4 full with this meathod. The only problem with refilling them is the little rubber seal will ware out after about 4 or 5 times of refilling and then they will leak. Hence the no transporting rule I'm sure. I used to have a big buddy heater and I would just leave them hooked up if the seals became a problem and when they were empty, like I said I would throw them away. Like with everything else I'm sure there is a little danger with fooling with refilling the tanks so a little common sence would go a long way if you decide to give it a try. Hope this helps a little.

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#1654821 - 12/20/08 11:22 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Pickelfarmer]
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I saw firsthand what happens when an empty is tossed in a fire. Me and a friend were burning garbage for his dad and he told us to burn all of the bags that were in the garage. We did as we were told. We tossed in the last bag and watched for a minute until we saw that 1 pound cylinder then we ran likie heck. Then we heard a hiss then a KABOOOM! Biggest fireball I've ever seen. Looking back it was pretty cool that we didn't get hurt.
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#1656579 - 12/21/08 03:31 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: Beege]
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For the person that likes there eyebrows not burnt, coleman has what they call the green key tool that will drain a "empty" 1lber and let the garbage man know that it is empty.
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#1656587 - 12/21/08 03:36 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: pulsar_nx]
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Haven't seen those in New York yet...... I've always piled them in the garage and taken them to a community hazardous recycling day
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#1656797 - 12/21/08 05:31 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: pulsar_nx]
wayne123 Offline
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Thanks for posting the picture. I have not seen that type can yet. Now I have another question. Can I use the key to empty older cans that did not come with the key?
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#1656957 - 12/21/08 06:37 PM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: wayne123]
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I think so, they show just the plugs also on there web site.
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#1657912 - 12/22/08 08:59 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: pulsar_nx]
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Originally Posted By: pulsar_nx



Coleman "Green Key" Press Release

As far as the recycling part goes, are the tanks being refilled professionally or is the scrap metal being reused? It sure makes sense to take this a step further and have a Coleman dropoff site at sporting goods stores. I'm sure they could figure out a way to have them reuse the cylinder directly instead of doing the roundabout scrap metal way.

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#1657965 - 12/22/08 09:20 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: pulsar_nx]
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I use my .45 to completly empty the 1 lb'ers. grin
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#1657990 - 12/22/08 09:30 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: MNmikew]
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Why don't they add a core or deposit to each bottle? That would keep some of them off of the ice at least. I'd be OK with that, since I pick them up every time I use them.
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#1658087 - 12/22/08 10:13 AM
Re: Disposal of One Pound Propane Tanks [Re: hoggs222]
MNmikew Offline
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Originally Posted By: hoggs222
Why don't they add a core or deposit to each bottle? That would keep some of them off of the ice at least. I'd be OK with that, since I pick them up every time I use them.


That would be a great idea. I save all my empties all year and use them for target practice in the spring. Once properly "ventilated" they go the the scrap processor.
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