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ReFuel Your Fun – Propane Cylinder Exchange

April - June 2019, bring your empty, disposable 1-pound propane cylinder and voucher to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station during station hours and receive a free refillable 1-pound cylinder. Look for the voucher in your April bill insert. 


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ReFuel Your Fun Video

Check out this great video that explains why switching to reusable 1lb. cylinders is important.


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Propane Cylinder Exchange Program: April - June 2019

The City of Palo Alto is hosting a 1-pound propane cylinder exchange program for residents to reduce the waste created by single use canisters.

How it works:

  • Residents will receive a program voucher in their April utility bill insert. 
  • Fill out your voucher with the requested information. We will need this information for program metrics and auditing purposes.  Please have your voucher filled out before you come to exchange your cylinder to ensure a smooth process.
  • Bring your empty, single-use, disposable 1-pound propane cylinder and voucher to the HHW Station (during HHW Station hours) and exchange it for a full, refillable cylinder.

    Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station
    Location: 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto
    Hours: Every Saturday 9am – 11am, First Friday of the month 3pm – 5pm 

There is a limit of 1 free reusable cylinder per household. Cylinders will be available for exchange April 1st – June 30th while supplies last. Please note that vouchers will expire June 30th, 2019.  

For more information about this program, email or call (650) 496-5910. 


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Where You Can Buy or Refill Reusable Cylinders

Retailers In or Near Palo Alto


George's Fuel & Auto Repair - Sunnyvale

996 W. Evelyn Ave., Sunnyvale
Sells, refills and exchanges cylinders

Sports Basement - Sunnyvale

1177 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale
(408) 732-0300
Sells and exchanges cylinders
(free exchange for members)


For more locations, visit RefuelYourFun


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Single-Use vs. Reusable Cylinders


Every year, 40 million single-use 1-pound propane cylinders are discarded in North America. Improper disposal of these cylinders leads to costly accidents during waste collection and creates litter in recreational areas. Over 20,000 cylinders per year litter Yosemite National Park alone, posing a risk for wildfires. 

Benefits of reusable cylinders:

  • Reduces millions of pounds of metal packaging waste, reducing the impact on landfills and the environment.
  • Refillable propane cylinders can be used hundreds of times and have a lifespan of up to 12 years.
  • Save money by purchasing the gas, not the packaging.

Using reusables is a form of waste reduction and is better than recycling. It conserves natural resources, saves money, and will help our community reach its Zero Waste and climate protection goals.


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