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ReFuel Your Fun Program

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The ReFuel Your Fun (RFYF) Program was created by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in collaboration with local government agencies and partners with the goal of reducing the use and improper disposal of single-use 1 lb. propane cylinders and their associated safety, environmental, and economic impacts. In 2017, Environmental Health Services adopted the RFYF Program in San Mateo County.

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ReFuel Your Fun Program

The Problem: Single-use 1 lb. Propane Cylinders

While single-use 1 lb. propane cylinders are convenient, they are often improperly disposed of and pose serious safety risks, environmental harm, and high monetary costs to the County and residents.

Safety risks: “Empty” containers often contain a small amount of flammable gas, posing a danger to sanitation workers due to the risk of explosion and resulting fires. This high risk also makes it very expensive for San Mateo County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility to recycle and dispose of propane cylinders properly.

Single-use cylinders are often disposed of improperly in household trash or recycling bins or illegally dumped – resulting in unnecessary waste sent to landfills.

Learn more about how to dispose of used propane tanks and other hazardous waste here.

Cost: Single-use cylinders are expensive! Packaging alone accounts for 80% of the price consumers pay for a cylinder. For campers, backpackers, BBQ lovers, and general outdoor enthusiasts, the additional cost for the packaging adds up immensely over time.

The Solution: Reusable 1 lb. Propane Cylinders

Increase safety: Sanitation workers will receive fewer propane cylinders to handle and process, reducing the accompanying risks of explosion and fire.

Reduce waste: In contrast to having to dispose of a 1 lb. single-use cylinder after just a few hours of usage, each reusable cylinder can be refilled for up to 10 years. This will greatly reduce the number of used propane containers ending up in our landfills, recycling centers, and the environment.

Save money: The initial cost of a reusable cylinder is ~$20 with refill (~$2/fill) and exchange options available. Single-use cylinders costs ~$5 and cannot be reused.

Find Your Nearest Retail/Refill/Exchange Location

Step 1. Transition and choose reusable! Purchase a 1 lb. propane cylinder from one of the retailers below and get it filled if purchased empty. 

Please be advised due to supply chain issues, cylinders may not be in stock. It is highly advised to call ahead of time to check inventory. 

City/Company Address Phone Notes
San Carlos | REI 554 El Camino Real (650) 508-2330 Sells empty cylinders
Redwood City | Sport’s Basement 1119 Industrial Road (650) 421-7440 Sells full cylinders
La Honda | La Honda Country Market 8865 La Honda Road (650) 508-2330

Sells full cylinders 

Loma Mar | Loma Mar Store and Kitchen 8150 Pescadero Creek Road  (650) 879-0203 Sells full cylinders 
Pescadero | Costanoa KOA 2001 Rossi Road (650) 879-7302 Sells empty cylinders
Pescadero | Pescadero Alliance  1999 Pescadero Creek Road (650) 879-0232 Sells empty cylinders 
Woodside | Skywood Trading Post 17287 Skywood Blvd. (650) 851-0914  Sells full cylinders 

Step 2. Dispose of single-use cylinders safely.
a. Non-empty cylinders – make a FREE household hazardous waste appointment. Visit smchealth.org/hhw for more information.

Step 3. Prepare for future fun by refilling or exchanging at one of these locations.

City/Company Address Phone Notes
Redwood City | Sport’s Basement 1119 Industrial Road (650) 421-7440 Exchanges empty cylinders 

La Honda | La Honda Country Market

8865 La Honda Road (650) 508-2330 Exchanges empty cylinders 
Loma Mar | Loma Mar Store and Kitchen 8150 Pescadero Creek Road (650) 879-0203  Exchanges empty cylinders 
Pescadero | Costanoa KOA 2001 Rossi Road (650) 879-7302 Refills empty cylinders
Pescadero | Pescadero Alliance 1999 Pescadero Creek Road (650) 879-0232 Refills empty cylinders
Woodside | Skywood Trading Post  17287 Skyline Blvd.  (650) 851-0914 Exchanges empty cylinders

Become a Business Partner

The ReFuel Your Fun Program needs your business to help make reusable 1 lb. cylinders easy for residents to access. Help the Program expand by:

  1. Selling reusable 1 lb. cylinders – become a Flame King retailer or Little Kamper exchange partner.
  2. Offering refill services – if you already have propane on-site, you can purchase the Flame King adapter to refill customers’ cylinders.
  3. Offering exchange services – join Little Kamper’s Exchange Program.

Learn more about how to participate as a retail/refill/exchange location.