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1 lb Propane Cylinders – There's a New Refillable in Town! 

The Problem: Four million disposable 1 lb. propane cylinders are sold each and every year in California alone.  Consumers spend around $4.00+ per disposable cylinder, just to be able to use about $0.30 worth of propane gas inside.  When finished with them, how do you get rid of these cylinders? Some folks sneak them into their garbage bins, since they cannot go into regular recycling, or call their local Hazardous Waste hauler. Many people leave them behind at the parks where they used them, or accumulate a pile of cylinders in their garage. Some people buy adapters to refill them, which is extremely dangerous as they are not manufactured to be repressurized.

Parks and local governments pay around $2.00 - $3.50 per cylinder for specialized companies to come and get rid of the cylinders. That means not only did you spend all that money to buy a disposable item on the front end, but your tax dollars are being spent to dispose of them on the back end as well! 

 Propane Waste Cylinders

The Solution:  Using refillables will save you money and hassle, and reduce pollution.  If you're a camper, BBQ cook or tailgate party chef, choose the refillable option to save money, hassle, and do something good for the environment.

Refillables are currently available at all 126 California U-Haul locations that dispense propane, 200 West Marine locations in the U.S., select REI and other outdoor equipment and sporting goods stores, and online through REI, West Marine, Home Depot and Walmart.

  Propane Refillable Canisters The following locations sell refillable propane cylinders:   
  • REI Berkeley, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, (510) 527-4140 (empties only)  
  • Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, (510) 984-3907
  • U-Haul of Oakland, 5330 International Blvd, Oakland, (510) 532-1221
  • West Marine, 2200 Livingston St, Oakland, (510) 532-5230 (empties only)
  • West Marine, 730 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda (510) 521-4865 (empties only)
  • U-Haul of Richmond, 1017 23rd St, Richmond, (510) 234-4544
  • West Marine, 501 Canal Blvd, Ste D, Richmond, (510) 965-9922 (empties only)

For a list of all known locations in the nation, http://refuelyourfun.org/.

 What Can You Do to Help?   

  1. Like & share posts on the RFYF Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RefuelYourFun)
  2. Tell your local store that sells disposables to carry refillables!
  3. Tell your friends and family about refillables!

Content and images provided by the California Product Stewardship Council. Thank you, CPSC!

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