How do I dispose of a propane tank or helium tank?

Due to their explosive nature, propane tanks from gas grills, or any type of pressurized tank (even helium tanks used for blowing up party balloons) will not be taken with the trash, and they are not accepted at the HazChem Center.  They may be taken to the Des Moines County Area Recyclers, 1818 West Burlington Ave, for free disposal. Solid Waste crews can collect pressurized tanks from Solid Waste customers for delivery to the Area Recyclers;  2 Trash Tags are required. To get on the list for pick up send an email to  with your name, address and telephone number.

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1. How do I sign up for trash collection?
2. What day is my trash collected?
3. What time of day is my trash to be out?
4. How do I report that my trash was missed?
5. I rent my home. Does the City provide trash collection?
6. Where can I buy Trash Tags? How much do they cost?
7. I forgot to set my trash out on time. What can I do?
8. What holidays alter my trash collection day?
9. How do I dispose of construction or demolition material?
10. How do I dispose of a tire or car battery?
11. How do I dispose of paint or spray paint?
12. How do I dispose of batteries?
13. How do I dispose of a propane tank or helium tank?
14. How do I dispose of old carpet?
15. Where is the landfill? What are the hours of operation?
16. Can I rent a large roll-off container or a dumpster from the City?
17. Who can I call if there is a problem with garbage at my neighbors?
18. Does the City pick up Christmas trees?
19. If I want to throw away furniture infested with bed bugs, will the Solid Waste crew take it?
20. There is a dead animal in my yard. Who can I call?
21. How can I dispose of unused prescriptions and over the counter medications?