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Are you thinking of upgrading to a new gas grill for the many garden parties this summer? Or perhaps you are just trying to get rid of your old gas grill? Either way, when disposing of your old grill, we encourage a responsible approach that is safe and environmentally friendly.

Due to the specific and potentially dangerous nature of typical gas grill components, owners cannot just simply put out the grill with the regular household rubbish. Certain items attached to the grill are not suitable for recycling right away and therefore require a responsible disposal.

If you are unsure of how to do this, don’t worry! Skip It is here to help guide you through the process of how to dispose of your old gas grill responsibly, ensuring your safety and that of the environment.

How to dispose of your old gas grill

The first thing to consider when you ask yourself how to dispose of an old gas grill, is to consider your obligation to dispose of it in a responsible manner. The most important component you need to get rid of first is the propane tank, as it is hazardous waste.

In some areas, they are even banned from landfills and many local communities have additional regulations regarding disposals of such waste. Propane tanks are considered so volatile that the fire service, gas companies or hazardous waste specialists have to be asked to dispose of them.

Incorrect disposal of such items can cause hazardous toxins, such as flame retardants, to be released, potentially harming you and others in the process. It is therefore essential to properly discharge it so that it does not injure you or sanitation workers.

Anything electrical or flammable must be removed from the grill. This includes the ignition button and sparks as well. Chucking them into your regular bin bag could result in a catastrophic fire and even prosecution.

Our advice? Be mindful and cautious in the disposal process. Speak to our friendly and professional team if you need any information on getting rid of your old gas grill.

How can I recycle and dispose of my grill?

Having a gas grill means that your first concern should be the propane tank. The rest of the grill components are disposed of separately.

Propane tanks are extremely hazardous waste. It would be best if you checked for specific laws in your area beforehand. These laws can include rules about where you can store empty or unused tanks, including whether you can store them in your garage, under your porch or in your shed. Remember, it is extremely dangerous and even illegal to store such tanks indoors.

Before you can move on to get rid of your propane tank, you will need to make sure the tank is completely empty of any gas. You can check this by slightly turning the knob on the burner on your gas grill. If it isn’t empty, you will be able to smell gas. Then, light a match near the burner and see if the grill ignites as it normally would. If the grill doesn’t ignite right away or you can’t smell the gas, do not repeatedly attempt to light it, as it can result in a dangerous fire.

The best and safest way to get rid of your old propane tank is to have a professional properly dispose of it. Check for reputable propane dealers or hazardous waste specialists in your area, including your local fire department.

At this point, you are good to get going with the rest of the disposal process. The rest of the gas grill will usually consist of metal and plastic items. The grill body can be recycled as scrap metal, including gas valves, as they are usually made of brass or aluminium. If the grill lid does not have the recycle logo on it, they will need to be chucked away with your regular rubbish, along with the wheels and propane hose, which are also not recyclable.

Working with a professional waste clearance company like Skip It, however, can open up doors to other routes to recycling these elements. We have a large network of businesses and individuals who can often help us find a new home or purpose for items that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Electronics and batteries, such as ignition wires and electric controllers can be disposed of with your regular household electronic waste. Many areas also have free e-waste recycling centres, where you may deliver your electronic waste to.

If you would like more advice on how to dispose of your old gas grill, contact our team of experts today! We are strongly committed to recycling and disposing of items responsibly in order to protect the environment. In fact, 95 per cent of all waste we handle is properly recycled.

We also offer a range of professional disposal and recycle services, including Skip Hire, Grab Lorry and House Clearance. Whether it is domestic or business waste, we are able to handle it all! Learn more about our services by contacting to our friendly team today!

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Pia Subramaniam

7th June 2019

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