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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2018, 11:59:40 AM »
I recommend using then for target practice to drill the holes. I wonder what the OP did 8 yrs ago.


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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2018, 03:02:28 PM »
I recommend using then for target practice to drill the holes. I wonder what the OP did 8 yrs ago.


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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2018, 03:11:54 PM »
Like everything I throw away I put those cans in the trash can, trash can into the dumpster, and I let Mother Nature dispose of it for me.
I also don’t recycle because I’m a bad human.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2018, 05:09:27 PM »
I recommend using then for target practice to drill the holes.

Then the recycle center won't take it, because lead contamination, I suppose...


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I've been frustrated for years, the rules around here basically say you can't put anything anywhere, and every agency says it's somebody else's problem. Even if the hazardous household materials center would take them, they're only open like 5 hours a week 5 months of the year. So yeah, into the trash.  They're empty, not going to blow up, and I too am a bad human I suppose.  (I try.  But the people tasked with managing our trash and recycle streams pretty well ensure everything just goes to the landfill.)  End of rant.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2018, 06:16:45 PM »

I've been frustrated for years, the rules around here basically say you can't put anything anywhere, and every agency says it's somebody else's problem. Even if the hazardous household materials center would take them, they're only open like 5 hours a week 5 months of the year. So yeah, into the trash.  They're empty, not going to blow up, and I too am a bad human I suppose.  (I try.  But the people tasked with managing our trash and recycle streams pretty well ensure everything just goes to the landfill.)  End of rant.

....don’t get me started.  I can’t even get them to run the recycling truck to pick up my crap on the schedule they post.


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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2018, 06:31:47 PM »

I've been frustrated for years, the rules around here basically say you can't put anything anywhere, and every agency says it's somebody else's problem. Even if the hazardous household materials center would take them, they're only open like 5 hours a week 5 months of the year. So yeah, into the trash.  They're empty, not going to blow up, and I too am a bad human I suppose.  (I try.  But the people tasked with managing our trash and recycle streams pretty well ensure everything just goes to the landfill.)  End of rant.

....don’t get me started.  I can’t even get them to run the recycling truck to pick up my crap on the schedule they post.


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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2018, 01:21:24 PM »

I've been frustrated for years, the rules around here basically say you can't put anything anywhere, and every agency says it's somebody else's problem. Even if the hazardous household materials center would take them, they're only open like 5 hours a week 5 months of the year. So yeah, into the trash.  They're empty, not going to blow up, and I too am a bad human I suppose.  (I try.  But the people tasked with managing our trash and recycle streams pretty well ensure everything just goes to the landfill.)  End of rant.

....don’t get me started.  I can’t even get them to run the recycling truck to pick up my crap on the schedule they post.


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I try to be good.  The city picks up plastic, paper, cardboard and stuff.  I take my excess plastic bags back to Publix.  I collect all the aluminum cans and turn them in for money.  What am I supposed to do with old batteries?

Depends on the battery.

Alkaline: AA, AAA, watch battery and the like are not recyclable.  The process is too expensive to be profitable.  Even in the Third World.  All you can do is throw these away.

LI-ION/NIMH/NiCAD: Can usually be dropped off at places like Lowes, HomeDepot, Menard, Interstate Battery, etc.

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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2018, 12:20:27 AM »

I've been frustrated for years, the rules around here basically say you can't put anything anywhere, and every agency says it's somebody else's problem. Even if the hazardous household materials center would take them, they're only open like 5 hours a week 5 months of the year. So yeah, into the trash.  They're empty, not going to blow up, and I too am a bad human I suppose.  (I try.  But the people tasked with managing our trash and recycle streams pretty well ensure everything just goes to the landfill.)  End of rant.

....don’t get me started.  I can’t even get them to run the recycling truck to pick up my crap on the schedule they post.


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They don’t even recycle glass here which is so moronic I just gave up on trying to sort everything. Like glass breaks down to what, sand? And I can’t recycle it, which tons of food products come in glass. And now the city is like. Only plastic with a number 3 on the bottom of it. Ain’t no one got time for that!
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2018, 11:57:01 AM »
I'm in the Portland Oregon area and Far West Recycle said that if I empty them and drill a hole then they will take them.  That includes my green camping propane cylinders as well.

I had heard that if you drilled the hole in them they could go into curbside, but who wants to go to that trouble? I feel like they would still reject it.  (I understand the whole putting them in the crusher trucks and fearing they explode). 

I found a hazardous waste place to take them too but you have to pay a fee.  I've still got two or three of them laying around waiting until it seems worth it to take a pile of them and pay the fee. 

Here in Oregon we used to recycle EVERYTHING and now recently it's changed to only paper, and plastics numbers 2 and 5... turns out we weren't recycling any of it at all, just sending it all to China and now China doesn't want it.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2018, 01:44:54 PM »



LI-ION/NIMH/NiCAD: Can usually be dropped off at places like Lowes, HomeDepot, Menard, Interstate Battery, etc.

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Unfortunately it is not quite that simple. My local HD does not accept batteries, but Lowes does accept them. I have been driving around with two laptop batteries in my vehicle for a long time because I have not had a reason to go to Lowes.

We try to recycle everything we can. Often I will pull items out of the trash my wife has discarded and put them in the recycling. This weekend our multi-function printer died. I could not determine a place which would take it for recycling so it went in the can. Still feel bad about it, but there is a limit to how far one can go with recycling.

With China refusing much of our recycling those of us in the US will soon be asked to discard many things in the garbage.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2018, 04:47:38 PM »
Some areas are going to a specialty recycling for electronics.  You have to pay to recycle certain electronics in my county (Northern Illinois) and it is in the neighborhood of $35 for a television and much less for computers and batteries.  The local garbage companies will not accept these items, if found in your trash or general recycling bin (which is meant for aluminum, glass and paper).  If found, they simply set it out on your driveway.  My wife saves up packing materials (like the foam "peanuts") and brings them in bulk to a local facility that re-uses them in some manner (either as used packing or in some other re-purposing product).  Trying to be as green as possible.  Metal scrappers are busy in our area and would take an empty O2 or propane tank in a heart beat.

I guess it varies by locale quite a bit.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2018, 04:58:46 PM »
About once a year our city sanitation department has an amnesty day.  I take old TV's, fluorescent bulbs and stuff on that day, but it is usually a long wait in line.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2018, 05:06:40 PM »
About once a year our city sanitation department has an amnesty day.  I take old TV's, fluorescent bulbs and stuff on that day, but it is usually a long wait in line.

My county has that for paints and solvents - free, but only quarterly.  Supposedly the paints have to be "cat-littered' or fully dried out, but I don't think they even open the containers considering how fast they move the line.  A lot of volunteers turn out to help.  Good Doobies for doing that.
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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2018, 12:28:15 AM »
Some areas are going to a specialty recycling for electronics.  You have to pay to recycle certain electronics in my county (Northern Illinois) and it is in the neighborhood of $35 for a television and much less for computers and batteries.  The local garbage companies will not accept these items, if found in your trash or general recycling bin (which is meant for aluminum, glass and paper).  If found, they simply set it out on your driveway.  My wife saves up packing materials (like the foam "peanuts") and brings them in bulk to a local facility that re-uses them in some manner (either as used packing or in some other re-purposing product).  Trying to be as green as possible.  Metal scrappers are busy in our area and would take an empty O2 or propane tank in a heart beat.

I guess it varies by locale quite a bit.

Kind of the cost we incur for cheap electronics and a consumer lifestyle in my mind. Maybe something we should frontload into the cost of these things. Part of the shame is if things don't get recycled well here they get crushed and burned for lithium, copper, etc.

I'd recommend looking into composting, either at home or there may be a farmer/service you can drop stuff off at. An informal survey in Central IL found over half of homebrewers threw out their spent grain. That's for an area where most own houses, and have space to add a small compost bin. I imagine it's much worse in cities.

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Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2018, 12:45:03 AM »
Used to compost my grains and hop cones when I still had the old family property in the country.  Grew hops there, and mulched them with the compost.  Thought that was poetic.  Since I had to sell that property, and I just live in a little place in the city, I have to put that stuff in the trash too.  My only other option is to dry some of the grain and make Treberbrot, but how much can I eat?!  I do feel bad throwing it out.
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