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Dinolfo Announces Renewed Recycling Effort For Propane Tank Disposal

Dinolfo Announces Renewed Recycling Effort For Propane Tank Disposal

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced a renewed effort to encourage residents to dispose of propane tanks properly. This effort is a joint partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management. While large propane tanks can be refilled and reused, smaller propane tanks are often placed at the curb for pick-up with gas still inside which then becomes an environmental and safety concern.

“As we prepare for summer cookouts and camping excursions this 4th of July weekend, we often need propane tanks to fuel our grills and add to the longstanding family traditions of family gatherings,” said Dinolfo. “If propane tanks aren’t refilled after use, it’s important to dispose of them properly as they can be dangerous if thrown away or recycled with gas still inside. For the safety of the dedicated employees who handle curbside pickup and who work at our recycling center, we encourage everyone to take empty propane tanks to the County’s ecopark where they can be disposed of safely.”

Every year, partially-filled propane tanks pose a serious safety risk at the Monroe County Recycling Center and for haulers around the region. Under certain circumstances, the tanks can explode. This is why Monroe County encourage residents to refrain from placing them in curbside recycling bins and garbage toters.

Instead, residents are asked to bring empty propane tanks to the Monroe County ecopark, located at 10 Avion Drive. The ecopark is open Wednesdays from 1:00p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about the ecopark, go online to www.ecoparkmcny.com