recycle propane canisters

Recycling Propane Canisters

We finally found a place where we can recycle our propane canisters!

Coleman used to have guidelines for recycling, but have since discontinued their program. We’ve tried returning them to REI, but they won’t take them. I’ve also researched online from many of our locations and have never find a way to properly dispose of our propane canisters.

With the lack of recycling opportunities we’ve been unhappy about buying them, but until we get the propane line with the quick disconnect installed in the Airstream we’ve had no choice. (We use them for our Mr. Heater to avoid running our battery down using the furnace.)

Anyway. Yesterday Brian was out and about and lo and behold he discovers that Joshua Tree National Park recycles propane canisters!! I googled “national park propane canister recycling” and have found these locations offer propane recycling:

-Bryce Canyon NP
-Capital Reef NP
-Gallatin NF
-Glen Canyon NRA
-Grand Teton NP
-Joshua Tree NP
-Yellowstone NP
-Yosemite NP
-Zion NP

The parks are using an impressive bottle recycling unit developed by a couple of environmentally awesome guys:

Greenest Park

Dinner Last Night:
Korean Veggie Pancakes. This was really good. The only thing I did differently was cut the sugar in half for the dipping sauce. One pancake is huge, so we had one each and saved the rest of the batter for lunch today.

2013 Cost of Camping:
16 nights paid camping
92 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $495.75
Daily average cost of camping: $4.59

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  • Reply Tim April 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Our campground in Zion had an overflowing 4x8x3 box of canisters to recycle.

    • Reply Leigh April 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Ooh, I added to the list. I’m surprised there isn’t a master list of locations anywhere online.

  • Reply Andreas April 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I love Korean pancakes – you’ve just given me inspiration for this evening’s dinner.

  • Reply Mary April 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you for researching recycling propane canisters, I was wondering what to do with them. The pancakes look yummy, I am going to have to figure out how to make them gluten free!

    • Reply Leigh April 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Rice flower perhaps?

      The weird thing about them, was I used whole wheat flower and they had the most interesting pinto bean texture as a result…made me think that they could be made with mashed beans too. But then I guess they wouldn’t be Korean style.

      • Reply Mary April 20, 2013 at 5:46 am

        I was going to try a mixture of both brown rice flour and white rice flour. We will see how it turns out!

  • Reply Andreas April 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    My cooking mojo was off tonight – they didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.

    I replaced 1/2 the all purpose flour with chickpea flour, added a little baking powder for some lift, but either I over-mixed the batter or something else happened – instead of crunchy and awesome they came out to doughy for my liking.

    Still tasty. These things happen.

    Mark Bittman wrote about Spanish pancakes with seafood some time ago, that’s where I got the inspiration for the chickpea flour from:

  • Reply SV650 April 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    About time someone figured out a way to recycle these. We have 24′ of hose, and a quick connect, but still carry a bottle or two in case the hose does not reach the BBQ. I’m looking for a compact stand for locations without a suitably located table.

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