Packing up your picnic or campsite?
Please be sure your leftover propane cylinders don’t go into the garbage or recycling!
These cylinders contain pressurized gas and chemicals, so safe and proper disposal is crucial to make sure nothing harmful leaks into Ontario’s groundwater and waterways.
Here’s what you should do instead:
What should we do with our leftover propane cylinders?
Orange Drop to the rescue!
The Orange Drop program provides collection cages for single-use propane cylinders at 85 provincial parks.
This means campers can properly dispose of their propane cylinders before heading for home!
If you take your cylinder home, don’t fret! There are many Orange Drop locations around the province that provide safe and proper disposal.
Fun fact: In 2017 alone, Orange Drop collected over 750 tonnes of propane cylinders. That is the weight of 1,500 grizzly bears!
Proper propane cylinder handling and disposal
To dispose of an empty propane cylinder, just find an Orange Drop disposal unit within the park, and deposit your single-use propane cylinder through the hole at the top.
Here are some additional Dos and Don’ts:
- Don’t put single-use pressurized containers in the recycling OR garbage! This can be very dangerous
- Don’t discharge leftover propane into the atmosphere, even if the cylinder comes with a device to do this. Leave it to Orange Drop — they’ll do that properly and safely for you
- When transporting your pressurized containers, DO make sure that they are secured in an upright position and stored in an area where they are not at risk of being damaged.
Doing the right thing feels good
By dropping single-use propane containers in an Orange Drop collection cage or at a drop-off location, you can rest easy knowing that they will be safely recycled. The metal, valves and other elements will be recovered or reused.