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Tanks for the Memories

Blue Rhino, a leading brand of propane tank exchange, has the solution for the hundreds of unwanted gas grill propane tanks that are dropped off at recycle and waste disposal centers across North Amer...


Blue Rhino, a leading brand of propane tank exchange, has the solution for the hundreds of unwanted gas grill propane tanks that are dropped off at recycle and waste disposal centers across North America: the Rhino Recycle program. This economical and ecologically friendly program is designed to recycle and refurbish the tanks.

The Rhino Recycle program alleviates the need for collection sites to dispose of gas grill propane tanks on their own. For the past two years organizations have been using Rhino Recycle with great success. From coast to coast, the program has picked up thousands of tanks from recycle facilities and landfills.

“This program is not only good for the environment, it also saves organizations the time and money they would have to invest to dispose of unwanted tanks independently,” says Chris Hartley, vice president of marketing at Blue Rhino.

Rhino Recycle refurbishes propane tanks, extending the useful product life. This process not only keeps waste down but also minimizes safety hazards associated with storing tanks at recycle centers and waste disposal sites.

Many transfer stations, landfills and other facilities face the situation where people drop off empty, unwanted propane tanks because they don’t know where else to take them. Such facilities don’t always have appropriate space for storing discarded propane tanks, and may spend up to $20 per tank to contract companies to pick them up and dispose of them. Rhino Recycle only requires a small per-tank fee in some cases but in most cases it’s free. Some organizations save up to $720 per pick up. Rhino Recycle’s minimum pick up is 36 propane tanks.

Some communities have mobile household hazardous waste drop-off events where contractors collect items. In 2009,

Rhino Recycle will be at select events to accept and appropriately handle gas grill propane tanks.

A survey of program users was conducted at the beginning of 2009 to identify the primary benefits of the program. Respondents across the board identified that the program is an affordable and convenient solution. Blue Rhino has made the program easier to use by developing a three-step process for collecting, storing and appropriately refurbishing or disposing standard propane grill tanks.

1. Collect and store: Accept and safely store gas grill propane tanks that meet the Rhino Recycle Acceptance Guidelines. Minimum quantity of 36 is required to schedule a pick-up.

2. Schedule pick-up: Once the minimum pick-up is reached, organizations can call 1-888-753-7159 or email the company at customercare@bluerhino.comto schedule a pick-up.

3. Watch them drive away: At the scheduled time Blue Rhino will pick up the tanks from

the facility. The tanks will then be refurbished by shot-blasting, repainting and retrofitting outdated valves and components. If the tank does not meet safety and quality standards, Blue Rhino will reclaim any unused propane and recycle the steel. Visit www.bluerhino.com/recycle

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“Such facilities don’t always have appropriate space for storing discarded propane tanks, and may spend up to $20 per tank for disposal.”


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