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Monthly Archives: July 2016

How to Properly Dispose of Old Propane Tanks

We’re not here to settle the great debate between charcoal and gas grilling. This summer, we just want to remind you of how to properly dispose of old propane tanks, just in case your loyalty leans towards gas grilling. Although Penn Waste encourages the recycling of most metal containers, we do have an exception and that is propane tanks.  Propane tanks should not be placed with either recycling or trash.  This includes both large and small propane tanks, such as those used for camping stoves, torches and other small appliances and tools.

Propane tanks, even empty, pose a safety risk for our employees if they enter our recycling trucks or facilities.

Luckily, there are some alternatives for disposing of propane tanks.

  1. You can refill your propane tank and reuse it.
  2. You can exchange your propane tank for a new one.
  3. You can take your old tank to a local facility which permits propane tank disposal.

Propane TankAmeriGas and U-Haul are two locations that offer refill stations so that you can reuse your old tank, and Blue Rhino will allow you to exchange your old propane tank for a new one.  Facilities that allow you to dispose of your old tank depend on the area in which you live.

Below are some resources for different disposal locations in our service area:

York County

Lancaster County

Cumberland County

For any other questions you may have in regards to recycling and items which may or may not be accepted, please consult our recycling guidelines on our website at

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Green Gatherings

Image: common recyclables, Text: Recycling for your next summer get together

June 20 marks the first day of SUMMER and along with summer comes a wide variety of picnics and parties.  Although you may not have realized it, many of the containers that hold summer’s favorite refreshments are in fact, recyclable.

Be on the lookout for these at your next gathering, making sure to have a designated area for both your trash and recyclables:

image: Aluminum Can

image: Blue Glass Bottle

image: Plastic Ketchup Bottle

image: Orange Juice Carton

image: Plastic Water Bottle

  • Food and beverage cartons
  • Metal drink cans
  • Plastic food and beverage containers and bottles (with numbers 1-7 listed on the bottom inside the recycle symbol)
  • Condiment bottles such as empty ketchup and mustard bottles
  • Aerosol cans such as empty sunscreen or bug spray cans
  • Clear, brown, blue, and green glass in the form of food and beverage containers such as condiment jars and drink bottles

Remember, caps and straws should be removed and the recyclables should be rinsed out in order to remove any residue.

Thanks to your conscious effort to recycle, these same items will become:

  • New Aluminum Cans
  • New Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Buckets & Containers
  • Plastic Lumber
  • Paper Towels, Napkins & Tissues

Some other tips to consider during the summer months are to use reusable dishware. This is a green alternative to paper and plastic products. Reusable dishware is a sustainable option at both meal time as well as packing snacks on the go.  This will help reduce waste.  Also, instead of purchasing water bottles consider using a water filter and refilling reusable bottles.  All of these are ways in which you can better the earth both today and every day.

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