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Backpacker Magazine – February 2008
Different cities have different rules for recycling your used fuel canisters
Don't let used fuel canisters accumulate in the garage, even if they do remind you of all your great trips. Recycle them. Most fuel canisters are steel and can be recycled along with your Dr. Pepper cans. Just burn off any residual fuel and puncture empty canisters before recycling. (We crush spent canisters with a large rock.) Coleman, which makes Powermax aluminum fuel canisters, includes a Green Key puncture tool with compatible stoves. In Boulder, Burlington, and other eco-conscious towns, you can just toss empty, punctured canisters into your recycle bin. In Seattle, canisters that are empty (and marked as such with a Sharpie or adhesive label) can be placed in curbside recycling bins–no puncture holes necessary. Call your local Public Works Department and ask about rules in your area.