The vast majority of industrial gas cylinders in circulation in the UK are the property of the main gas suppliers. They are supplied to gas users under a rental agreement, which requires the user to pay rental on the cylinder until its return. The majority of gas cylinders are re-usable and following a safety check they will be re-filled ready for the next customer.
The simplest and best way to deal with cylinders which are no longer required is to identify the owner and request that they be collected.
Even if the cylinders were not originally supplied to the site where they are discovered, the gas company will make arrangements to collect them.
Where it is not possible to identify the owner of the cylinder it may be necessary to employ a specialist organisation that has the technical and legal capability to collect and dispose of the cylinder. Companies who can help with cylinder recovery / disposal, including where the original supplier cannot be contacted, are shown below.
For LPG cylinders you should contact the LPG Trade Association UKLPG, who will provide advice on return or disposal of these cylinders.
Gas supply companies have their own contractual arrangements in place for the safe disposal of gas cylinders that are no longer required. Individuals who own gas cylinders e.g. sport divers, are to ensure the cylinders are safe for disposal before depositing them at authorised waste sites. This should include releasing all gas pressure in a safe manner and, where safe and practical, removing the valve assembly from the cylinder.
The BCGA and the UKLPG have joined forces to improve the means by which cylinders belonging to their members can be removed promptly from civic amenity sites. By calling a maximum of three numbers these cylinders will be collected free-of-charge, within 15 working days, by authorised staff carrying appropriate identification. Under this arrangement advice can also be provided on the disposal of disposable or unbranded cylinders (call 0845 017 7049).
1. BOC cylinders - 0800 111333
2. Calor Gas cylinders - 01179 413721
3. All other cylinders - 0845 017 7049
To order A4 laminated copies of this poster for display at civic amenity sites call: 0845 017 7049.