How to dispose of gas bottles, cylinders safely | Commercial Recycling

How to dispose of gas bottles and cylinders

Gas bottles are used by individuals and businesses for a range of purposes, with the most common uses including; BBQs, heating, camping, cooking and powering forklifts.

Once the gas bottle or cylinder is finished with and no longer of use, what do you need to do to ensure it’s disposed of correctly?

Although some are not hazardous, gas bottles are often termed as a ‘difficult waste’ to dispose of due to the substance contained in the bottles. So when it comes to disposing of any redundant bottles or cylinders we would encourage you to first see if the empty bottle can be used by anyone else. There is often a desire for bottles amongst campers and outdoor enthusiasts because an empty bottle can be used to purchase a full bottle at a heavily discounted rate.

What to do if disposal is the only option?

We can accept empty gas bottles and cylinders at our recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset. The disposal process is easy; simply drive on the weighbridge during our opening hours and make the operator aware of the number of bottles you have to dispose of. You will then be given clear direction on where to go to leave the waste.

Please note you will need a hard hat, high viz jacket and safety footwear to enter the site. We can loan out a hard hat and high viz jacket if you do not have them.

Our local Recycling Centres

Canford Recycling Centre

  • Address: Arena Way, Bournemouth, Wimborne, BH21 3BW
  • Phone: 01202 579579
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm | Sat 7am – Midday  

Southwood Recycling Centre

  • Address: Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6LX
  • Phone: 01749 830889
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm

Did you know? We can collect your gas bottles!

If you can’t get to one of our recycling centres then we do offer a local pick up service. Get in touch with one of the team to organise collection via our contact page or by calling us on 01202 579579.

Need further help?

For advice or assistance in gas bottle disposal and other difficult or hazardous waste please contact our on-site Hazardous expert on 01202 579579 or by emailing

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