Recycling helium tanks 

Pressurized gas tanks, like helium and propane, can be very dangerous if handled incorrectly.

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Hello! Do you know the best way to dispose of helium tanks in Indianapolis? We have one from a party and would like to know the best way to recycle/dispose of it (our recycling provider won't recycle it).

Many thanks!


Hello Danielle,

Tanks for your question.

Pressurized gas tanks, like helium and propane, can be very dangerous if handled incorrectly. For instance, if you were to put a pressurized tank in your trash or recycling bin and it were to go into the back of a compactor truck or into an incinerator, it could explode. However, if proper precautions are taken, empty helium (and propane) tanks are highly recyclable.

I found instructions for how to prepare a helium tank for recycling  from the company Balloon Time. The main thing I would change in the instructions is to NOT put the tank in your curbside recycling bin or a community collection bin. You would be wise to take the empty, de-pressurized tank to a recycling facility like RecycleForce where you can explain that the tank has been depressurized.

For your next party, consider renting a reusable tank or choose decorations that are environmentally-friendly and/or reusable/recyclable.

Piece out,

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