Discarded propane tanks diverted
Discarded propane tanks are a
hazard to park, landfill, and waste employees. The United States
consumes 40 million small 1 lb. propane tank cylinders annually
and they usually all end up in landfills.
Yellowstone National Park plumbing
shop manager, Mike McCoy, contacted Mountain States Environmental
Services (MSES) for help with tanks left behind by campers. After
significant research, Brad Fimrite, owner of MSES and Wayne Wilson
of WWW Industries took on the challenge of creating a propane
new propane bottle recycler (patent pending), Propane Bottle recycler
(PBR), recycles the propane, punctures then crushes the cylinders
so they are immediately prepared scrap for steel recyclers. MSES
indicated that the PBR has an auxillary hose that can evacuate
the larger type cylinders and they are currently working to develop
a crusher for the larger cylinders.