Disposables – The Problem
- Disposables are dangerous. When “empty,” disposable cylinders often still contain a small amount of gas, posing a danger to sanitation workers due to the risk of explosions and resulting fires. Because of the danger involved, they cost millions of dollars to recycle and dispose of properly.
- Disposables are expensive when you realize that 80% of the price you pay is for the packaging! In short, you’re paying more for the packaging than for the actual gas!
- Every year in North America, 40 million disposable 1 lb. propane cylinders are used, with over four million in California alone.* Because of limited, expensive recycling options, the empty cylinders are often disposed of improperly in landfills, dumpsters, household trash, campsites, on the roadside or in recycling containers.
*Estimate provided by Kamps Propane based on annual cylinder production data and population data.
- Refillables save money. A simple refill costs approximately $2.25 because you only pay for the gas and filling service, not the container!
- Refillables can last up to 10 years and can be refilled hundreds of times.
- Refillables reduce the impact on landfills and the environment.
While adapters and refill kits are sold in the U.S., we do not endorse refilling 1 lb. propane cylinders at home. It is safe when done by a professional.