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A guide to gas bottle disposal

As a business, you have a duty of care to ensure the items you own are used and then disposed of correctly. Many businesses use gas bottles for various purposes, whether this be to power fotklift trucks, industrial processing or maintaining constant temperatures in a farms greenhouses. Gas can be a very useful and efficient tool for your company, but once you’re done with it, the cylinders must be disposed of correctly. This is to keep everyone safe, save space in your facility and ensure you’re complying with the law.

What are gas bottles?

Gas bottles come in many types and sizes, but tend to be defined as a “flammable hydrocarbon gas liquefied that is stored through pressurisation in a gas bottle or cylinder.” They have been used for business and personal means for many years and have a host of benefits, however, they must be disposed of in accordance to government regulations and legislation.

Why is it so important to dispose of gas bottles correctly?

Gas bottles are classed as hazardous waste due to the flammable and potentially toxic chemicals within the cylinder that could present a danger to people. There are UK laws in place that state gas bottles must be disposed of correctly and how this can be done. Both of our Recycling Centres, Canford Recycling Centre and Southwood Recycling Centre are facilities that can safely get rid of gas bottles with zero hassle.

How to correctly dispose of gas bottles

When it comes to the compliant disposal of gas bottles, you want to follow the correct procedures. While it might be tempting to place it out for your usual commercial waste collection this isn’t now allowed and chances are they will refuse to take it anyway! Some of the alternative (and approved) methods of gas bottle disposal include:

Returning it to the original supplier that you bought it from

It’s always worth getting in touch with the original supplier that you bought the gas bottle from. Chances are they will take the gas bottle off your hands for future use.

Arranging a commercial waste collection to take it away

Commercial waste collectors such as the team at Commercial Recycling are on hand to take away your gas bottles and recycle them for you. For this option, you simply need to book the collection of your gas bottle and arrange a time and date that suits you. This is an easy and hassle-free way to get rid of them safely and securely, complying with the law.

If you are looking for an easy and stress-free way to dispose of your gas bottles, call our team on 01202 579579 to arrange a collection.

Taking it to your local recycling centre

Trade waste recycling centres such as Canford Recycling and Southwood Recycling Centres are another fantastic choice when it comes to safe ways of disposing of your gas bottles. Keep in mind if you do take them to a commercial recycling centre such as ours, you need to transport the cylinders safely and securely. Safe transport means you should:

  • Keep the bottles upright,
  • Avoid leaving them in a hot vehicle for long periods
  • Keep the canister secure so it can’t roll around.

It’s important to note if the gas bottle waste is coming from a commercial source a consignment note is legally required.

Once you get to our recycling centre it can be sorted and disposed of correctly; we have the correct licences, qualified staff and appropriate infrastructure to accept waste gas bottles for recycling and ensure it’s one less thing for you as a business to worry about.

Man with a Van

Here at Commercial Recycling, we can dispose of your gas bottles in our Southwood Recycling Centre as well as our Canford Recycling Centre. Both are run by highly qualified and efficient staff who know exactly what to do and how to correctly dispose of gas bottles. If you’re in Dorset, make the most of our Man and Van service. With this, all you need to do is arrange a date and time for one of our employees to come to your home and pick up the gas bottle for you. They can then take it to the required recycling centre where it can be sorted.

It’s important whenever you are handling hazardous waste such as gas bottles that it is handled with care and attention. By working with a company such as ours, we can take any stress out of the disposal of such materials leaving you to just focus on your business. For further advice simply visit the site or call our hazardous waste team on 01202 579579 (Dorset) or 01202 830889 (Somerset).


If you would like to know the price of disposing of a gas bottle, please visit our tipping prices page.

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