Disposal Of Empty Balloon Tanks
Failure to follow these instructions for safe disposal of the non-refillable disposable balloon tank can result in an immediate release of gaseous helium resulting in personal injury, property damage or both. Disposable balloon tanks are non-refillable tank. Please do not refill it with any substance. Read all tank warnings for more information.
- Only attempt disposal of the balloon tank when it is empty.
- Take the tank to a well-ventilated area. Fully open the valve handle by turning it counter-clockwise. Press and hold down on the tilt-nozzle (see photo 2) until the tank is empty. Listen and feel for pressure discharging rom the tilt-nozzle. The tank is empty when no sound is heard or pressure is felt.
- Unscrew and remove the tilt-nozzle (see photo 3) either by hand or with the help of a ¾ inch wrench.
- Take the tank to a steel recycling center or place with curbside recycling pickup.
- Place the tip of a flat-headed screwdriver on the inside serration of the rupture disc located on the shoulder of the tank (see photo 5).
- With a hammer or mallet, LIGHTLY tap the handle of the screwdriver to pierce the rupture disc open (see photo 6).
- Carefully, completely open the rupture disc. With a permanent magic marker, draw a large circle around the open rupture disk and write the word “EMPTY” on the tank (see photo 7).
- Once the rupture disc is open, the tank can be recycled with other steel recyclables at your local steel recycling center or Solid Waste Authority (SWA).
If your local Solid Waste Authority will not accept the punctured tank, dispose of the punctured tank in your trash.