Connecticut Propane Camping Cylinder Recycling Pilot Program a Success

Over 2,000 one-pound propane camping cylinders were collected and recycled at Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground in Madison, Connecticut, as part of a pilot program run by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Worthington Industries.

The program was a success, according to DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes, and will be expanded to Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Connecticut, in 2024. Nine other residential gas cylinder producers plan to implement the recycling program statewide by October 1, 2025.

Cylinders collected during the pilot program were sent for processing at a vendor specializing in recovering the gas and recycling the metal. All of the collected cylinders were recycled at a 100 percent rate.

The program is designed to provide a convenient way for campers to dispose of their empty propane cylinders safely and responsibly. It is also part of Connecticut’s efforts to reduce waste and protect the environment.

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