Waukesha County residents are asked to find alternative ways to recycle their used small propane cylinders rather than placing in the curbside recycling containers. Propane cylinders pose a very serious risk to workers and equipment because during the baling process materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping. Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode and cause a fire when compacted. Over the last year, workers at the Waukesha County/City of Milwaukee Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) have removed an average of 75 small propane cylinders daily from the recyclables.
“Propane cylinders cannot be recycled in curbside recycling containers. We urge residents to utilize the alternate recycling options available in order to ensure worker safety and protect the large public investment in the new recyclable processing equipment at the MRF,” said Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor.
Propane tank/cylinder manufacturers recommend consumers return unusable propane tanks to a local distributor. Please check for the ‘manufacturer’s tag’ as a source of contact/disposal information. Alternatively, many local scrap metal collections or home improvement stores will accept empty propane cylinders for recycling. Visit waukeshacounty.gov/recycling to find local propane tank dealers that will safely dispose of used or unwanted propane tanks.