How To Dispose of Old Propane Tanks Safely

Written on: August 7, 2023

Follow these tips from Lakes Gas

gas tank disposal wisconsin Are you in the market for a new propane tank? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Lakes Gas offers expert installation and service of propane tanks in sizes ranging from 120 gallons up to 1,000 gallons, along with worry-free, affordable propane tank leasing.

If you have an existing propane tank on your property, you need to determine if it is leased from another propane company. If it is, we’ll get in touch with them and arrange safe disposal of it. If you own the tank, we’ll take care of disposal.

Modern propane tanks are designed to be safe and durable. Above-ground tanks can last for at least 30 years, while underground have a shorter lifespan of 20 to 30 years depending on the soil and proper installation.

To maintain your tank properly, follow these simple guidelines, which should be enough since a correctly installed tank generally requires minimal maintenance.

  1. Schedule annual maintenance for your tank to have a thorough check-up and regulator inspection.
  2. It is recommended to have your home’s propane appliances professionally serviced regularly, and to also have the connectors checked.
  3. It’s important to keep your propane tank from running out because an empty tank can cause propane leaks in the future.

You can ensure a continuous supply of propane by signing up for our Automatic Delivery service. By analyzing your usage history and weather forecasts, our software accurately predicts when you’ll need more propane. This enables us to schedule a propane delivery to your home before you run low.

We also offer wireless propane tank monitoring to offer you the best security for your propane supply. By utilizing wireless and cellular technology, similar to what smartphones use, we monitor your propane tank’s levels constantly. The monitor will notify us when you need more propane, and we will make a delivery to you. With this service, managing your propane supply is effortless!

How to dispose of propane cylinders

If you have an empty propane cylinder from the grill or firepit in your yard and don’t know what to do with it, we’re here to help.

For starters, here’s what not to do: Don’t put your cylinder out with the trash. Most commercial and municipal trash haulers will not accept them, and neither will most dumps. Contact your town or local hazardous waste collector to find out about the rules in your area.

An empty propane cylinder can be exchanged or refilled. It’s always nice to have a spare full tank on hand, whether it’s for grilling, a portable generator, or a patio heater.

Lakes Gas makes it easy to refill or exchange your propane cylinder! Retail locations such as convenience stores, home improvement stores, garden stores, grocery stores, and gas stations all over our Upper Midwest service area provide Lakes Gas propane cylinder refill and exchange services.

However, your cylinder cannot be refilled if it is deemed unsafe due to damage or rust, or no longer certified. A propane cylinder is certified for 12 years after manufacture. Here’s how to know the age of your cylinder:

Look on the collar of the cylinder and you will notice a date stamped near the valve. That is the month and year of when it was manufactured. For example, if the number reads “8-13,” it means that the cylinder was manufactured in August of 2013 and will need to be recertified in August of 2025.

Some propane cylinder refill stations can also recertify propane cylinders. The cylinder will be inspected and, if it’s deemed safe, will be recertified for another five years.

If your cylinder can’t be recertified, bring it to one of our offices and we’ll take it off your hands for safe recycling.

Whatever you need when it comes to propane tanks and cylinders, Lakes Gas has you covered! Contact us today to learn more about our services.