The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Durham reminds residents to safely dispose of used propane tanks, helium tanks and other pressurized cylinders

WHITBY, ON July 13, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department – Waste Management Division is reminding residents that unwanted pressurized cylinders should be disposed of safely and do not belong in the garbage or blue box.


Unwanted pressurized cylinders should be dropped off at a Waste Management Facility for safe disposal, free of charge. Find one near you at

Residents can also use Stewardship Ontario’s Orange Drop website ( to find local locations to drop off Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste materials (such as pressurized cylinders).


Pressurized cylinders come in many shapes and sizes, such as: helium tanks, camping stove canisters and barbecue propane tanks.

These cylinders hold compressed gas and present two serious disposal hazards. Pressurized cylinders have explosive potential, and gases in cylinders may be poisonous, flammable or explosive as well.

Pressurized cylinders are Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) and are not accepted in any of the Region’s curbside collection programs. Please do not put them in your blue box.


Learn more at, or download the Durham Region Waste app.

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.