Recycling, yard waste, and garbage will not be collected on Monday, May 25, in recognition of Memorial Day. Regular collection is delayed one day for the remainder of the week, with Friday collection occurring on Saturday. 

Tanks - Helium, Medical & Propane

Fees vary at each location, please call or visit websites for more information.

  • Alter Metal Recycling, 515.265.7377, accepts bottles and tanks but must have the top cut off or depressurized.
  • Curbside Garbage, residents only, only one lb. tanks or smaller, please empty first
  • Ferrell Gas, 4415 NE 14th St., Des Moines, 515.266.1175, drop-off only, accepts empty or partially full propane tanks of any size.
  • Medical Air Tanks – Most medical supply companies will accept the tank back. Check the label.
  • Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, ONLY one lb. propane bottles, accepts empty or full, $1/each.


Businesses are regulated and cannot throw tanks in the garbage. Please call one of the businesses above or call your private hauler to discuss recycling options.

Also Applies to:

tanks, helium tanks, medical air tanks, propane tanks
Does Not Apply to:
acetylene tank, acetylene torch