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How to Properly Dispose of Propane Tanks

One question that Penn Waste gets asked a lot is how to properly dispose of propane tanks and smaller camping gas tanks. Neither of these items should be disposed of in your curbside trash and recycling. While some Solid Waste Authorities do accept them at their drop-off locations, others do not which can make disposal tricky.

It is imperative these gas tanks are disposed of properly because they are a fire hazard. This past weekend, we actually experienced a small fire in a baler at our recycle center which was linked back to a propane tank.

In fact, any type of container that previously contained gas / fuel should NEVER be placed in your recycling bin! This includes propane tanks, small camping gas tanks, butane, and Paslode quick fuel cartridges.

We’ve compiled a list of local resources for you to contact to inquire about disposal of gas propane tanks.

Please call each location in advance to ensure they are still accepting these tanks from the public. You will also need to check their hours of operation, whether there is a disposal fee and if there are any other special instructions such as valve removal.

You can also check with the vendor you bought the tank from to see if they have a return or exchange program.

Location: Company Name: Address: Phone #:
Dover Spangler’s Ace Hardware 4072 Carlisle Rd., Dover, PA 17315 717-292-6055
Elizabethtown B & G Lumber 212 W. High St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717-367-1680
Harrisburg Amerigas 6823 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-561-8806
Gettysburg Consolidated Scrap Resources 2230 York Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325
Lancaster Suburban Energy Services 2440 Dairy Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 717-898-2267
Lancaster Wrecklamations 1119 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 717-299-6796
Lemoyne Ritter’s True Value Hardware 1200 Market St., Lemoyne, PA 17043 717-731-1070
Mountville Ressler Propane 27 W. Main St., Mountville, PA 17554
New Freedom Aero Energy 25 E. High St., New Freedom, PA 17349 717-235-3854
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury True Value 836 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, PA 17361 717-235-6700
York Consolidated Scrap Resources 120 Hokes Mill Rd., York, PA 17404 717-843-0931
York Consolidated Scrap Resources 530 Vander Ave., York, PA 17403 717-843-0931
York Darrah’s Automotive & Recycling 535 Prospect Rd., York, PA 17403 717-845-9679
York J & K Salvage 1099 Kings Mill Rd., York, PA 17403 717-843-3672
York West York Agway 2650 W. Market St., York, PA 17404 717-668-8258

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