WICHITA, Kan. -- Rolling off the production line this spring is the patent-pending Coleman(R) Green Key(R) tool, the first step in making empty single-use propane cylinders recyclable. With the introduction of this simple, industry-changing device, The Coleman Company, Inc. enables U.S. consumers to be sure their propane cylinders are completely empty before they are discarded along with regular household trash or recycled when and where recycling programs become available.
ubiquitous green cylinders are familiar to campers all over the United
States and just about anyone else who has used a portable,
propane-powered cooking, heating or lighting device outside. However,
unlike their large bulk tank cousins, these small single-use cylinders
are not refillable (due to federal law prohibiting transportation of
this type of cylinder if refilled), leaving some people uncertain about
proper disposal or wishing the cylinders could be recycled.
accepted practice for ensuring that a cylinder is empty has always been
to use it on a stove, lantern or other propane-powered device until the
propane runs out, at which time the appliance will stop working.
However, after that, to be certain that there is no propane left in the
cylinder, individuals now can go a step further by inserting the Green
Key tool into the top of the cylinder, where it will remain permanently
lodged. After two minutes, they can then discard or recycle the steel
cylinder, confident in knowing that the presence of the bright green
device indicates the cylinder is open and empty.
consumers and the recycling industry, we want to make the Green Key
tool an easily recognized symbol that a propane cylinder is open, has
no propane left in it and, therefore, is potentially as easy to recycle
as an ordinary steel can," said Darrell Neugebauer, Coleman's director
of burning appliances and fuels.
Expanding Recycling Programs for More Waste Diversion
with introducing the Green Key tool to consumers, Coleman is inviting
communities in the United States and Canada to integrate empty
single-use propane cylinders into curbside and drop-off programs as
part of steel can recycling. Coleman is providing technical information
to waste haulers and recycling facilities on how to divert these empty
cylinders from landfill to recycling.
"Coleman and other
manufacturers combined produce millions of single-use propane cylinders
annually, creating a tremendous opportunity for a new source of
recycled steel," Neugebauer said. "We want propane cylinder recycling
eventually to become as routine as steel can recycling. That's why
Coleman is leading the way to help make these cylinders recyclable, but
we need community and individual help to make it happen.
meantime, the new Green Key tool means that consumers can dispose of
the cylinders with the certainty that they are open and completely
empty," Neugebauer said. "Consumers also may be interested to know that
Coleman's propane cylinders -- like many other steel products on the
market today -- are made with an average minimum of 25 percent recycled
Beginning in May 2008, the Green Key tool will be
packaged inside the cap of most Coleman-branded propane cylinders and
will be available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods and other select
sporting goods retailers nationwide. Cylinders with the Green Key tool
included will be clearly marked, so consumers will know which propane
cylinders come with the tool.
The Green Key tools will also be
sold separately -- in packages of six -- and can be purchased at select
retailers and at http://www.coleman.com. These can be used with any
existing Coleman propane cylinder.
For more information, see the
separate Green Key Tool Q&A Fact Sheet:
Coleman(R) and Green Key(R) are registered trademarks of The Coleman Company, Inc.
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Coleman Provides Solution for Disposal of Single-Use Propane CylindersThursday, 22 May 2008
Rolling off the production line this spring is the patent-pending Coleman(R) Green Key(R) tool, the first step in making empty single-use propane cylinders recyclable. With the introduction of this simple, industry-changing device, The Coleman Company, Inc. enables U.S. consumers to be sure their propane cylinders are completely empty before they are discarded along with regular household trash or recycled when and where recycling programs become available.
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