- Tanks containing fuel under pressure may explode if tank integrity is altered, causing severe injury or death.
- Tanks containing compressed gas may explode in waste-to-energy facilities.
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE VALVE FROM TANK. Special safety equipment is required to prevent explosion.
- Tanks in good condition with old fittings may be reused with adapter purchased at most propane gas dealers.
- Use up all residual gas, for non-refillable (disposable) tanks
- Do not leave valve open, because escaping gas is a fire hazard as well as a source of air pollution.
- Do NOT dispose of tanks containing gas in the trash.
- Many AmeriGas and Blue Rhino retail dealers take back five-pound steel propane tanks, usually at no charge.
- Take to a municipal collection program, if available, or save for a household hazardous waste collection event, if offered.
- Check an online search engine such as Google or Bing for a company that will accept tanks for reuse.
- Scrap metal yards may also accept empty tanks.
- Very small EMPTY disposable tanks (1 liter) can be disposed of in the trash. Follow manufacturer's instructions for burning off or venting all remaining gas before throwing these tanks away.