Coleman makes portable propane tanks recyclable
Coleman’s new Green Key® tool is the first step in making
empty single-use propane cylinders recyclable.
With the introduction of this simple, industry-changing device, The Coleman
Company, Inc. enables consumers to be sure their propane cylinders are
completely empty before they are discarded along with regular household
trash or recycled when and where recycling programs become available.
The green cylinders are familiar to campers all over the United States
and just about anyone else who has used a portable, propane-powered cooking,
heating or lighting device outside. However, unlike their large bulk
tank cousins, these small single-use cylinders are not refillable (due
to federal law prohibiting transportation of this type of cylinder if
refilled), leaving some people uncertain about proper disposal or wishing
the cylinders could be recycled.
The accepted practice for ensuring that a cylinder is empty has always
been to use it on a stove, lantern or other propane-powered device until
the propane runs out, at which time the appliance will stop working.
However, after that, to be certain that there is no propane left in the
cylinder, individuals now can go a step further by inserting the Green
Key tool into the top of the cylinder, where it will remain permanently
lodged. After two minutes, they can then discard or recycle the steel
cylinder, confident in knowing that the presence of the bright green
device indicates the cylinder is open and empty.
Along with introducing the Green Key tool to consumers, Coleman is inviting
communities in the United States and Canada to integrate empty single-use
propane cylinders into curbside and drop-off programs as part of steel
can recycling. Coleman is providing technical information to waste haulers
and recycling facilities on how to divert these empty cylinders from
landfill to recycling.
“Coleman and other manufacturers combined produce millions of single-use
propane cylinders annually, creating a tremendous opportunity for a new
source of recycled steel,” Neugebauer said. “We want propane cylinder
recycling eventually to become as routine as steel can recycling.”
“Consumers also may be interested to know that Coleman’s propane cylinders
- like many other steel products on the market today - are made with
an average minimum of 25 percent recycled content,” Neugebauer said.
Beginning in May 2008, the Green Key tool will be packaged inside the
cap of most Coleman-branded propane cylinders and will be available at
REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other select sporting goods retailers
The Green Key tools will also be sold separately and can be purchased
at select retailers and at www.coleman.com. These can be used with any
existing Coleman propane cylinder.