The Problem With Single-Use Propane Cans
Single-use propane cans have been a favorite with campers at Yosemite National Park for years. However, park rangers haven’t loved the 1 lb canisters nearly as much. They’re tasked with the job of picking up and disposing of used propane bottles.
Every year, campers leave behind thousands of the little forest green canisters. Some propane cans are disposed of in the appropriate recycling bin, and others pile up on the ground around trash recycling bins. Last year, park rangers and park employees crushed and shredded some 24,000 single use propane cans in a machine they purchased specifically for that task.
Used propane cans are frequently thrown away in trash bins. Propane cans have to be carefully picked out of trash bins by park employees. There’s no way to know if a single-use propane can still contains propane. Because of this, it’s a safety hazard for workers when it comes to disposal.
Refillable propane cylinders
Two years ago, single-use propane cans were such a problem that Yosemite Park store stopped selling them altogether. Instead, they started stocking Little Kamper refillable propane cylinders. These are the 1 lb propane cylinders that are sold throughout California via exchange programs. When Little Kamper propane cans are empty, they can be exchanged for a full one. Click here to find out more about how this innovative propane cylinder exchange program works.
The program works a lot like the common exchange programs for 20 lb propane cylinders. The first 1 lb reusable propane can costs $22.00. After that, refilled cans are $11.00. Either way it’s a lot more than the cost of a Coleman or Benomatic single-use cylinder. People don’t seem to be throwing away nearly as many of these bottles at the park.
California to ban all single-use propane cans
In August, California passed a bill that will ban the sale of all single-use propane canisters by 2028. Those who violate the bill following the ban date will receive $500 per day fines for first offenses. Second offenses will net $1,000 per day fines, and $2,000/day fines will apply to all subsequent violations. The bill is the first of its kind to be passed in the US.
How will the ban affect campers at Yosemite National Park?
Many campers are worried about how the ban on single-use propane bottles will affect their camping trips. The truth is, that the ban on single-use propane cans probably won’t effect campers negatively.
Since 1 lb refillable propane bottles will still be available, campers will just have to get used to exchanging empty cylinders instead of disposing of them. The ban on single use 1lb propane cans is an environmentally responsible move that will create less waste and a safer working environment for Yosemite staff.
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