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  • One pound disposable propane cylinders and tanks are hazardous because even when empty they contain
    residual pressure with a flammable gas and
    therefore must be handled with the utmost care.

    Empty propane tanks cannot be disposed of in the trash as they pose a danger to the waste hauler’s driver and per the Illinois Solid Waste Management Act are banned from landfills.

    These propane cylinders must be completely depressurized before being taken to a recycling/reuse facility.  The following propane recycling/reuse facilities in unincorporated Carol Stream accept depressurized one-pound propane tanks during their regular business hours:


    The Barn Owl Garden Center
    1N583 Gary Ave.

    Ph: (630) 668- 0316
    Hours: Mon. – Sat.  ● 9 am – 6 pm
    Fee: Free

    27W071 St. Charles Rd.

    (1 block east of County Farm Rd.)
    Ph: (630) 231-0105
    Hours: Mon. – Fri.  ● 7 am – 5:30 pm
    Fee: $10 reuse charge/tank

    Scrap dealers will only accept disposable propane tanks that are punctured and have had their valves removed to relieve ALL remaining gas pressure. This should not be attempted by anyone without the proper equipment and training. The local scrap metal dealer that will accept rusted, punctured and/or depressurized propane tanks that have had valves removed is:

    The Crusher

    651 W. Washington St.
    West Chicago
    Ph: (630) 231-6888
    Hours: Mon. – Sat.  ●  8 am – 5 pm


    The Illinois EPA and the Propane Gas Association of Illinois keep a directory of dealers that will accept old-style (no ODF valve) propane tank cylinders for a small reuse fee. To identify the nearest propane tank recycler, log onto


    Please call the Village of Carol Stream Administration Department  at (630)871-6250 if you have any questions or want more information, or email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    500 North Gary Avenue | Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 | Phone: (630) 665-7050 | TDD: (630) 668-5785 | Fax: (630) 665-1064