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Where to recycle camp fuel

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Got empty camp fuel canisters? Bring them over to us and we'll recycle them for you! We take 1lb green propane bottles and 100-500g isobutane fuel blend canisters. They don't actually have to be empty when you bring them to us. We'll empty them ourselves and properly recycle your camp fuel canisters. Wondering how to recycle camp fuel yourself? Read on.


**Heads up: We are open by appointment only!!!**

Call us to check if we are open or to make an appointment to drop off your canisters. If we're closed, find a different solution or try again another time.


Types of camp fuel we accept for recycling

We accept 1lb green propane bottles and 100-500g isobutane fuel blend canisters. We'll take them even if you have some fuel left and put them on our pay-it-forward shelf for others to use.


FYI Specifically with isobutane canisters, we consolidate your leftover fuel with others until we get full canisters using a device called FlipFuel. You should do it too! Refer to this informative post about how to use it.


Again, these are the only fuel types we accept for recycling:

  • 1lb green propane cylinders

  • 100-500g isobutane fuel blend canisters

What we do with empty propane cylinders and isobutane canisters

We puncture and recycle them. Every few months, we make a trip to the recycling center to properly dispose of our empty fuel canisters. The recycling center then repurposes the salvageable materials for secondary uses.


Why we offer to collect your camp fuel cylinders

Our goal is to keep dangerous materials out of landfills. We aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we'd like to help you do the same. Therefore, we want to make it easy for you to recycle and properly dispose of waste. Plus, other campers could benefit from your donation of camp fuel to our pay-it-forward shelf!


Who should use our recycling service?

Las Vegas locals who find that the recycling center is a bit out of their way should take advantage of our recycling offer.

Likewise, travelers who end their trips in Las Vegas should drop off these recyclables at our shop.


Our location and hours

We are conveniently located less than a mile away from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. At the end of your camping trip, before heading to the airport, swing by our location to drop off your fuel canisters and empty batteries.\


**Heads up: We are open by appointment only!!!**

Call us to check if we are open or to make an appointment to drop off your canisters. If we're closed, find a different solution or try again another time.

Other ways to recycle fuel canisters and batteries

If you are in Las Vegas, you first need to poke a hole in your empty fuel canister and then take it to one of the mixed metal recycling centers around town. We use BB Recycling.

If you're not in Las Vegas and wondering how you can recycle fuel canisters, here are a few options you could try:

  1. Puncture a hole in the propane canisters and take them to a mixed metal recycler near you (your regular recycling program may allow it)

  2. Collect dead batteries until you have enough to mail back to the recycling plant or take them to a store that recycles them like Batteries Plus or Best Buy

  3. Take them to a campground that has a collection bin specific to empty fuel canisters (these campgrounds are rare)

  4. Google "hazardous household waste disposal near me"

  5. Call your local camping gear shop and ask them if they offer this service. If they don't, tell them about us. They should consider following in our footsteps...

We look forward to seeing you

Check out our other sustainable practices. Remember to Contact us to check if we are open before heading over.


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