Citizens Warned of the Dangers of Discarding Helium Tanks in Household Trash
Photos submitted

Helium tanks cannot just be placed “as is” in your household trash and taken to a Rutherford County Convenience Center. Why? They pose a tremendous danger if not properly discarded, which happened Saturday, August 1, at the County’s Weakley Lane center…a tank made its way into the trash compactor and exploded upon impact.

According to Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen, the debris made it a clear 100’ feet away from the hopper. “As busy as our Weakley Lane location stays, it’s amazing that no one was injured,” he said. “The explosion gave the center attendant running the compactor quite a scare though, and his ears are still ringing from the bang.”

“The tank was hidden within a bag of regular household garbage,” said Nolen. “This could have turned out much worse.”

So how do you properly expose of a helium tank? Nolen says if you aren’t going to take the time to empty the tank, the only location that will accept it is the Recycling Center at Haley Road.

According to “Balloon Time,” the manufacturer of the tank that exploded, the following are the proper measures for emptying the tank:

  • Ensure your tank is completely empty by pushing down on the black nozzle.
  • Unscrew the black nozzle from the tank.
  • Put on safety glasses and gloves.
  • Using a hammer and screwdriver, knock out the round disk at the back of the tank.
  • Draw a circle around the knocked out portion of the tank and mark it as “EMPTY” with a permanent black marker.
  • Place the empty tank in the recycle bin or drop it off at a local recycling center.

Nolen says if these measures are taken, the empty tanks can be dropped off at any Rutherford County Convenience Center location and placed in the bins marked “Scrap Metal.”

For more information on what is/is not accepted at Rutherford County Recycling and Convenience Center locations, please visit: http://solidwaste.rutherfordcountytn.gov/.


Soltea
Improve Your Heart Health with All-Natural Soltea Daily Supplement – Click Now to Save 25% Off Your First Order
All-Natural Heart Health Supplement – Save 25% Now
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Gabi
The easiest way to compare and save on home and auto insurance. Match coverage, compare rates and save.
Find hundreds in savings now!
Acorns
Acorns helps you grow your money. Take control with all-in-one investment, retirement, checking and more.
Get a $5 bonus when you sign up.
Tally
Overcome your credit card debt with Tally. Consolidate and save money while you pay it down.
Get started with Tally today.
Truebill
Lower your bills and stay on top of your financial life with Truebil, the app that helps you save every day.
Take control & start saving money!
Brigit
Know your spending habits, anticipate overdrafts, and get up to $250. Only takes 2 minutes. No credit check.
Get your finances on track.
Grow Credit
Grow Credit is a free Mastercard you can use to pay your subscriptions while you build credit.
Start building your credit today!