To know for sure whether something is recyclable, download the list of recyclable items accepted in our blue bins.
If you have extra recycling, hold on to it until the next collection day, bring any paper or cardboard items to the bins outside the GFL recycling depot located at 40 18th St., or try flattening any boxes to make space in your blue bin.
If you use any kind of compressed gas to power your grill, it’s a hazardous material that should NOT be put in your recycling bin when you’re finished with it. Some examples of compressed gas are the refillable propane tanks used for home barbecues or camp stoves, disposable propane canisters, butane canisters, helium balloon tanks, and oxygen tanks. Compressed gas containers are dangerous to include in your recycling bins since they pose a health and safety risk to workers and to recycling facilities due to the potential for large scale damage.
The danger posed by compressed gas cylinders is primarily because of the potential for compressed gas to explode; if ruptured, which can happen in the recycle truck, the cylinders can become self-propelled rockets, or they can catch fire, which is particularly dangerous in the trucks or sorting facility where other material being sorted, like paper and cardboard, is extremely flammable.
The best option is to reuse and refill them. If your tank has expired some vendors have take-back programs that will allow you to exchange the tank and fill a new one.