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Old 08-10-2006, 12:24 AM   #1
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Disposal of LP tanks

I have come across an old LP tank. It's likely 20 + years old. (I know there is a date stamp some where) The valve (non-OPD) is stuck partially open. So the tank is very much empty. Really what I'd like to do is dispose of the tank. And properly if there is a required method.

Is there some regulation? Or????

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Action, I was able to drop mine off at the local scrap metal recycling place after I took the valve off the tank. They would not take it with the valve attached. So I introduced it to my sledge hammer. Then to the scrap pile !
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The City of Phoenix has Hazardous Waste collections events that will take the old tank for a small fee. Check out this link.... http://phoenix.gov/GARBAGE/bopa.html
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we dispose of them on new years eve. usually involves a high powered rifle and bonfire!

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Fill them with water in the winter. They soon become scrap metal.
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Tanks-a-lot

You can take them to you local (insert store name here) WalMart and exchange them for a new OPD tank and then refil that one whenever it's empty. They give a discount with an old tank trade.

Post Katrina I had two tanks that I had filled just prior to the cut off date with the new tank restrictions. They sat around full for 3 years for just the occasion like a Katrina. Knowing that once they were used I would have to get rid of them, I called them my storm reserve. Once used up, I took them to the local gas company for disposal and they told me it would be $5 per tank until 5pm and after 5pm it was free to drop them off. They closed at 5pm and people regularly dumped them on their door step.

The best way is to recycle them at your city waste location - that is the safest thing to do.
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If the old one is in good condition, it can be retrofitted with an OPD valve and reinspected for $20 to $30. It depends on the size of the bottle: Little 5-gallon bottles (like on your BBQ) aren't really worth it because you can buy brand-spanking new ones for $20-$30, or you can do the exchange. For 7-gallon bottles, however, exchanges are as rare as chicken's teeth, and they're pretty expensive to buy new.

Rusty used ones do have their uses. I use one for recycled oil, for example.

If it's an aluminum bottle, don't throw the thing away!


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we dispose of them on new years eve. usually involves a high powered rifle and bonfire!

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I was thinking the same thing. Surprised you didn't take a tongue lashing for such a irresponsible suggestion.
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I saw a website the other day, where they take old propane tanks and make chiminea out of them. I have been told that you safely cut and weld on a propane tank after removing the valve and filling it with water all the way to the top, 2 times. I have never tried this, myself.
Our county waste management sites take old propane, and any other kind of metal tanks for recycling.
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I was thinking the same thing. Surprised you didn't take a tongue lashing for such a irresponsible suggestion.
Hate to say it, but I have done that before. Little campng tanks and a BBQ (5gal?) size. No visible effect except for a hole and the tank falls over. Not like in the movies!!!!!!
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Phoenix haz waste won't have a collection until September. I will wait that long if I have to. (I have realitives coming in late August and would like it gone now. And since I am a Phoenix res it would be free.

I do not need another tank, so exchanging this old one for a new one would mean I still have a tank to deal with.

Fill with water and wait for winter. What winter? Oh you mean the 50 degree (at night) weather we have here when people from other parts of the country show up and get their free LP tank filled with water?! Great idea.

It is a painted white steel one not al one. Otherwise I would have saved it with my other A/S stuff. I recycle oil in plastic milk bottles. The metalcan would be another eyesore and that is why I wanted to get rid of the can in the 1st place.

Guns are allowed in AZ and Phoenix. The requirement is they need to be visable. As in wearing one on your hip in a holster works. Discharging a firearm in Phoenix (especially on a holiday) is against the law unless you are using self defense. Shannon's law may apply to shooting the can. I know it applies to shooting in the air. And sad to say I don't have a high powered rifle. Only a 22 gauge semi-auto 15 shot rifle. I don't think that is high powered.

It is a 5 gal bottle. It may work for a refit. However I don't need another one. I would refit it anyway, because I get my propane in Mexico and they don't need OPD's. Actually MX fill stations are a big deal there and rarely is there any issues.

The valve that is on it now is stuck partially open. I would like to remove it, however the my open end adjustable didn't seem to move it. Is it left or right hand threads? And I may need a bigger wrench. Like may be my pipe wrench.

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Really what I'd like to do is dispose of the tank. And properly if there is a required method.

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Just throw it in the desert.......or leave it in Mexico on your next visit...... KIDDING At the City of Chandler waste transfer station they have a section that takes scrap metal and if it is empty they would take it. I'd imagine City of Phoenix would have a similar set up check their website before you take it to the transfer station.
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