Used gas bottles are considered hazardous waste and must be treated with caution because they are potentially explosive. The best option is to take them back to where you got them from. There are also facilities for the safe recycling of gas bottles at each of the five main Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) in Shropshire.
What type of gas bottles will you accept?
- LPG (propane or butane) gas bottles
- Gas fire cylinders
- Diving tanks
- Helium cansisters
- Fire extinguishers
- Beer kegs
How should I recycle them?
Ideally you should take the bottles back to the company that makes them, which can normally be identified from the label. It is important that you handle used gas bottles with care. If you take them to an HRC please ask the site staff for assistance. There is a lockable cage at each of the sites where used bottles can be safely stored.
What happens to the gas bottles?
The aim is to reunite orphaned bottles with the company which makes them. They are collected by the LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) Association and wherever possible they are refilled with more gas and reused.
Why recycle gas bottles?
Not only is it reducing waste to landfill but by allowing bottles to be reused it is reducing the need for more gas bottles to be manufactured. This is reducing the need for metal to be made which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.