How to Recycle Camp Fuel Canisters in Anchorage

Do you have a box of empty camp fuel canisters sitting in your garage? If so, then you’ll want to keep reading.

After a lot of research, I finally figured out how to dispose of all the empty gas canisters I have. And no, you can’t just go to your local REI.

In this post, I’m going to share how to recycle camp fuel canisters in Anchorage, Alaska!

While enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to follow Leave No Trace guidelines to help protect the environment, wildlife, and ourselves. I share eco-friendly and sustainable tips so that we can all reduce our impact together.


Why Recycle Your Camping Fuel Canisters?

It’s important to properly dispose of your gas canisters because if you don’t then they will end up as trash in the landfill. Propane canisters must be completely empty and broken down properly to recycle.

Some outdoor brands have created programs or tools to help you recycle your canisters, but luckily you won’t need any of those things in Anchorage!

How to Recycle Your Camping Fuel Canisters

1. Gather Your Gas Canisters

After your camping and backpacking trips, you can gather all of your isobutane fuel canisters for recycling. Common camping fuel brands include MSR, Jetboil, and Coleman.

How to Recycle Camp Fuel Canisters in anchorage

2. Visit Anchorage Transfer Station

If you live in Anchorage or the surrounding area, gather your empty fuel canisters and head to the Anchorage Transfer Station (1111 E. 56th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99518). You will find a road sign that indicates where the entrance is for vehicles.

Anchorage Transfer Center Recycle empty Fuel canisters

3. Pull Forward to Househould Hazardous Waste Area

Once you’re inside the transfer station, follow the signs to the Household Hazardous Waste area. Keep in mind that this section is ONLY OPEN on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How to Recycle Camp Fuel Canisters at Anchorage Household Hazardous Waste

4. Sign In and Drop Off Empty Propane Canisters

You will need to pull forward when you’re in the Household Hazardous Waste area. An employee will meet you at the podium to collect your fuel canisters and ask you to sign in. It’s a quick and easy process.

Household Hazardous Waste

5. Proceed to Exit

After dropping off your gas canisters, you will have to reverse out and exit to the right. You will have to pass by the yellow building and when asked to stop you can tell the employee that you just dropped off fuel canisters. Proceed straight and around to exit.

Anchorage Transfer Station Recycling

Happy recycling!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it free to recycle gas canisters?

Yes, you can recycle up to 40 lbs. of canisters for free.

Can you recycle your empty fuel canisters at REI?

No, REI is no longer set up to accept empty fuel canisters.


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