Posted on 14th March 2019
In order to meet legal and industry requirements, and ensure safety in the workplace, it’s critical to that your gas-detection devices are functioning correctly. These gas detectors serve a vital role by monitoring environmental conditions and alerting us to potential leaks or hazardous conditions. Conducting frequent calibration tests means that you’ll be going through a lot of span gas—it also means you’ll be left with a lot of empty gas cylinders.
Gas Cylinder Disposal Considerations
If you use span gas to calibrate your gas detection instruments, such as FastCalGas—the one-stop-shop for all your gas calibration needs—you might be wondering what to do with all those empty cylinders. That’s especially true if you’re benefiting from huge savings by buying in bulk!
Owing to the nature of the product, span gases are marked as dangerous goods and are subject to strict regulation, particularly when it comes to transporting them. Though your gas supplier has extensive experience in handling and shipping these materials, customers are often left wondering what to do with the non-refillable, used containers. Even if they’re empty, gas cylinders may still be considered hazardous material. As such, it isn’t immediately obvious how to properly dispose of spent cylinders, let alone recycle them.
Should I Recycle My Empty Gas Cylinders?
Today’s gas supplies customers are highly eco-conscious individuals. We all want to reduce our ecological footprint, and recycling is one of the best ways to do our part for the environment. In the case of scrap metal, recycling can also allow you to recoup some of the cost of the product. Gas cylinders are typically made from aluminium or steel, which are valuable materials. However, because recycling companies won’t accept empty cylinders as-is, many customers feel they have no choice but to send the spent containers to the landfill.
The truth is, with the proper processing, you can—and should—recycle gas cylinders! It’s actually a lot easier than you might think.
How Do I Prepare Used Gas Cylinders for Recycling?
Thankfully, we offer a low-cost, convenient solution to do just that!
Martek Marine is well known and respected worldwide for the supply and support of high-quality, affordable maritime equipment and span gases. In order to meet all your calibration gas needs, a recycling tool compatible with 34L aluminium, 58L aluminium, and 103L steel cylinders, as well as a tool for 34L steel cylinders are also available. These easy-to-use devices render the valve unusable, rather than the container itself.
Once decommissioned, gas cylinders are treated as regular scrap metal. You can then sell them to scrap metal agents. Since calibration tests must be performed regularly, reselling the processed cylinders drastically reduces your administrative expenses.
Disposing of Empty Gas Cylinders Doesn’t Have to be a Hassle.
Instead of throwing away your used gas cylinders, recycle them! Recycling benefits the environment by promoting the sustainable use of valuable resources and allows you to recoup some of the cost of your gas calibration supplies. Although gas cylinders cannot be recycled as-is, with our low-cost recycling tools, processing your gas cylinders is simple, affordable, and easy.
Remove the stress from your cylinder disposal now