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