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Backpacker Magazine – February 2008

How to Recycle Spent Fuel Canisters

Different cities have different rules for recycling your used fuel canisters

by: The Backpacker Editors


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. Call your local Public Works Department and ask about rules in your area.



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Louise
Jun 09, 2010

As of 2010, Seattle requires canisters be placed in the trash. See the list here:http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Recycling/LookupTool/index.htm
Bummer!

Joe
Oct 19, 2009

It's Dr Pepper, without the period.

Jimmy in Seattle, WA
Sep 11, 2008

Ditto. Yeah for Seattle recycling!

Suzanne in Seattle, WA
Aug 14, 2008

Thanks so much for this helpful info - I had no idea that I could recycle my Primus cans. Hooray for Seattle recycling!

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