How to Dispose of Helium Tanks

Helium tanks require proper disposal. It is not correct procedure to simply put a helium tank out with the trash when you are finished with it. It is actually an easy process to properly dispose of a helium tank.


Step 1

Completely Use The Helium Tank Either use all of the helium in the tank or release all of the helium so that the tank is completely empty.

Step 2

Properly Secure The Helium Tank Roll the helium tank outdoors, if it is not outdoors already and close the valve as tight as possible.

Step 3

Disassemble The Helium Tank Unscrew the nozzle on the tank and remove it completely. You can do this by hand or a ¾ wrench usually works. Once you do this any residual helium left in the tank can be released by opening the valve.

Step 4

Label The Helium Tank Write EMPTY on the tank so that it can be distinguished from other helium tanks.

Step 5

Prepare The Tank To Be Removed You can either take the tank to a steel recycling center or place it with your other recyclables for pickup. Also check with the place you purchased the helium tank from, sometimes they will accept the empty tanks.