Helium, Oxygen, & Other Compressed Gas Tanks

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Compost
Recycling Cart
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal
Trash

Most helium, oxygen, and other compressed gas tanks are refillable and should be able to be used over and over again until they wear out (broken seal, rusted out, etc.).

Check with the brand or supplier (EX: Party City, SodaStream, etc.) of the tank to see if they have a take-back program. Many suppliers put a deposit on these tanks so they are eager for their return and reuse.

Compressed gas tanks are not made out of compostable materials.

Compressed gas tanks of any type, including helium and oxygen tanks, should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk for explosions and fire.

Helium, oxygen, and other compressed gas tanks are hazardous so they need to be handled by our staff prior to recycling (see the Proper Disposal tab).

If there isn’t a supplier take-back program for your helium or other type of compressed gas tank, they can be recycled through Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential compressed gas tank recycling drop-offs for a charge:

North Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Rockford
South Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Byron Center

The links above can provide the location address, recycling fee, and hours of service.

No commercial compressed gas tanks from businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. — strictly residential tanks. See the Community Disposal Outlets below for commercial hazardous waste solutions.

Because helium and other compressed gas tanks are hazardous (even when they are empty, they contain trace amounts), they are prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility. Compressed gas tanks of any type should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for explosions and fire.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.

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