Dispose of your Propane TankWe’ve all been there. You run out of propane, but instead of refilling the tank, you get busy. You store the empty tank behind a shed and forget about it while you move on to new full tanks.

And then, one day, you find it, rusted beyond recognition. Far beyond being used at barbecues.

So what do you with it?

Unfortunately, you can’t just throw it in the trash. Most disposal companies won’t handle it.

The easiest thing to do is simply return it to the company you bought it from. Most will accept them and properly dispose of them for little or no cost.

Another option: many counties have hazardous waste collection days or permanent drop-off sites. Contact your city or county offices to see if they host a similar program.

Even if your tank isn’t visibly rusted or punctured, it still may be past its prime and therefore unsafe to refill. Again, the company that supplied it will be able to let you know if it’s no longer fit for service. There should also be a coded date on the tank handle, which represents the year of manufacture. You’ll need to recertify the tank 12 years from that date. So if you have a tank on your property that’s past its recertification date, take it to the company that supplied it. After an inspection, they’ll let you know if it should be recertified or simply dumped.

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