Yolo County now offering reusable one pound propane cylinders:

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 Californians regularly use 1 lb. propane gas cylinders for outdoor grills, heaters, and lighting, and can now save money by buying and refilling reusable 1 lb. propane cylinders. On Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Yolo county residents can receive a free reusable 1 lb cylinder when they bring an empty disposable to the event. Limit one per household, while supplies last.

“U-Haul is thrilled to provide our customers a place to buy/refill/exchange the new reusables and protect our environment at the same time! We look forward to helping you ReFuel Your Fun” said Chris, U-Haul Marketing President. U-Haul is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, but please call ahead to confirm availability of the new reusable cylinders. For other retail and refill locations, go to www.refuelyourfun.org

Californians use more than an estimated four million single-use cylinders each year. When purchasing a single-use 1 lb. propane cylinder, 80% of the cost is for the package.  Reusable cylinders can be refilled hundreds of times for up to 10 years. After the initial purchase of the cylinder, customers can simply pay for the gas when empty.

Propane cylinders are designated by the State of California as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and are illegal to thrown away in the trash. They must be taken to a designated drop-off facility or collection receptacle, costing the Yolo County tax payers to recycle each cylinder. Single-use cylinders that are not taken to the HHW Facility and are disposed of improperly can cause harm to the environment, while reusable 1 lb. propane cylinders can be refilled over and over again and properly recycled after years of use.

Yolo County is promoting the ReFuel Your Fun Campaign, which encourages the use of reusable 1 lb. propane cylinders over the costly and wasteful single-use cylinders. The campaign also educates about proper collection and recycling of 1 lb. propane cylinders. For more information about the ReFuel Your Fun Campaign, recycling empty cylinders, and to find more retailers offering reusables, visit www.refuelyourfun.org or call 916-706-3420.

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