Environmental Company First to Recycle Acetone-Contaminated Acetylene Cylinders


Massachusetts-based Cylinder Recyclers today announced that, for the first time, consumers and distributors of acetylene have a way to recycle spent steel acetylene gas cylinders produced both before and after 1985. Acetylene gas cylinders are commonly used for applications such as acetylene torches for welding and cutting.

Unlike other compressed gas containers, acetylene tanks contain as much as six gallons of acetone in a solid binding medium contained within the cylinder. Cylinders produced before 1985 also contain asbestos within the solid core. In the past, the only choice for acetylene consumers and distributors was to store spent tanks in piles on-site or send them to landfills—acetone and all. Both approaches created health, safety, and environmental concerns as well as liability issues that can now be resolved via recycling.

With the new process, consumers have a safer and more sustainable alternative. Acetylene containers of any age can now be handled for recycling using Cylinder Recyclers’ environmentally friendly process. For asbestos-free cylinders, the residual acetone is removed from the tank’s core and recovered for recycling, as is the metal shell. For pre-1985 cylinders, the asbestos-contaminated core is also safely removed to a licensed subtitle D landfill, and the steel shell is then scrapped and recycled.

Cylinder Recyclers is the only company in the nation offering this kind of recycling and now serves some of the nation’s most prominent gas distribution companies.

Cylinder Recyclers offers cylinder pick-up services nationwide and handles the entire recycling process for its customers, including documentation and tracking for compliance purposes.

About Cylinder Recyclers

Cylinder Recyclers helps clients across the nation reduce risk, avoid liability, and maintain sound environmental practices by responsibly recycling compressed gas cylinders of every size, shape, and substance. The company is only resource in the nation for recycling spent acetylene cylinders. Visit http://www.cylinderrecyclers.com for more information.


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