Here is a problem that has been vexing me for a long time – safe isobutane canister disposal and recycling.
The recommended way to dispose of a used canister is to vent all of the remaining gas in it and punch a whole through the sidewall using a screwdriver. After that’s done, you can safely put it into a recycling container.
Sounds easy, but I’ve always been hesitant to do it (which is why I still have all of these canisters), for fear of the canister going off like a grenade because it still holds residual gas.
I’ve given this issue a surprising amount of thought – and had hoped a major retailer like REI would have spearheaded the cause for gas canister recycling and encouraged customers to turn in used ones. While the recycling program itself would have lost money, it would have brought customers back into the store, which is the holy grail of any store-based retailer.
But, it looks like stove manufacturer JetBoil has beaten everyone to the “punch.” They’ve announced a new tool called the JetBoil CrunchIt which safely vents unused gas canister fuel and punches a hole in the gas canister so that they can be recycled. The CrunchIt is compatible with canisters from other manufacturers that use a standard threaded stove-canister attachment system, and even doubles as a bottle opener!
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