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Transfer Station Construction Alert

Starting Mon., July 15, construction at the Parsippany transfer station will run through mid-August. Expect delays & use Mt. Olive transfer station as an alternate.

Transfer Station Info (Tip Fee $111.25/ton)

  • Mt. Olive Mon-Fri 7:30am-3pm; Sat 7:30am-11am
  • Parsippany Mon-Fri 7am-3pm; Sat 7:30am-11am
  • Closed Sundays and Major Holidays
  • No Rental Trucks
  • Payment by Account, Check, Credit Card. No Cash
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F.A.Q. Compressed Gas Cylinders

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.

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Returning Gas Cylinders to Supplier

As with most hazardous wastes, the best way to manage gas cylinders, canisters and cartridges is to avoid purchasing surplus amounts. This can best be accomplished by buying only what you need, by using all you buy, by emptying cylinders completely through routine use, and by not purchasing duplicate cylinders for those that are partially full in your inventory.

There are two types of cylinders
  1. image of Helium Disposal Flyer Cylinders supplied by industrial gas vendors (containing argon, carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, oxygen, air and other common gases) usually in cylinders with screw-top valve covers.
  2. Specialty gases, supplied by various vendors, commonly in lecture bottles (usually 12-15 inches long and 2 inches in diameter).

Group 1 usually are provided on a rental basis and have a deposit on them. These can be returned through central stores to the vendor. Group 2 are usually sold outright but may in most cases be returned to the vendor at a cost of $0-250. If the cylinder is disposed of through a chemical waste contractor it will typically cost $100-1000 for disposal.

If a specialty gas is desired that is not available through the vendor, the best solution is to rent the next larger size cylinder, rather than purchase a lecture bottle that may cost several hundred dollars to dispose later, even if empty. Although vendor's designations vary for the next larger size, these cylinders are generally about 20 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. Although these cylinders are provided on a rental basis, they almost always cost less than the same product delivered in a lecture bottle. The cylinders contain more product but may be returned even if they are not empty. Alternatively, you may be able to work with the vendor to purchase partially filled cylinders if you don't need full ones. This is the most economical and environmentally sound choice when using small quantities of gases. For more information contact your customer service representative.

For disposal, it is recommended the following steps be taken:

Contact the manufacturer or vendor of the gas cylinder in question to see if it can be returned. Even if a vendor is not on the list on reverse, they might accept cylinder returns. Check SKU# for seller information.

The following companies accept returns of propane gas cylinders (as of October 2023):

  • ACV Environmental Services
  • Home Depot
  • Lowes
  • Suburban Propane
  • AmeriGas in Chester Borough

Follow instructions given by the vendor to ship the cylinder. They can provide the required shipping information. The following companies that may accept returns of non-propane gas cylinders (as of October 2023):

  • Clean Harbors
  • Nouryon (formerly Texas Alkyls)
    800-828-7929 - Must be a product purchased from them, can be shipped back for disposal.
  • Linde Welding Gas & Equipment Center - 973-366-5501
    259 US Route 46 W, Dover, NJ 07801
    Takes used gas cylinders to be recycled, free of charge
  • County Welding Supply Company
    69 E Dewey Ave, Wharton, NJ 07885
    Takes welding tanks and gas tanks, no propane
  • Cylinder Recyclers