Coleman Canada Offers New Device to Facilitate Diversion, Recycling of Non-Refillable Propane Cylinders

    New Green Key Tool Is First Step in Making Empties Recyclable

    WICHITA, Kan., July 8 /CNW/ -- Rolling off the production line this
spring is the patent-pending Coleman(R) Green Key(R) tool, the first step in
facilitating the recycling of used single-trip, non-refillable propane
    The ubiquitous green cylinders are familiar to campers all over North
America and to almost 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-trip cylinders are not refillable, and when
disposed of, most have found their way to landfill waste sites. With the Green
Key tool, Coleman Canada, a Division of Sunbeam Corporation (Canada) Ltd.,
provides consumers with the opportunity to assist in the recycling of every
    In Canada sealed propane cylinders are classified as a hazardous waste,
no matter how much or how little fuel they contain. However, after the user
has purged a cylinder by using it on an appliance until the fuel supply is
exhausted, and after a Green Key tool is inserted into the cylinder valve, the
interior of the cylinder is permanently opened to the atmosphere and -- after
a short period of time -- there is no longer any pressure or flammable vapour
    "By educating consumers, parks, municipalities 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, provides
the opportunity for it to be transported, handled and recycled as scrap
metal," said Darrell Neugebauer, Coleman's director of burning appliances and
    Expanding Recycling Programs for More Waste Diversion
    Because cylinders without Green Key tools are hazardous waste,
municipalities will require the ability to separate vented cylinders from
other cylinders before they can accept them in curbside collection. Until
these concerns are addressed, municipalities may use other methods of
collection that will allow them to divert vented cylinders for immediate sale
so that they can benefit from their value as scrap metal.
    Coleman is offering technical and other assistance to municipalities in
Canada to assist them in developing curbside collection programs that will
accept the vented cylinders.
    "Coleman and other manufacturers combined produce millions of single-trip
propane cylinders annually, creating a tremendous opportunity for a new source
of recycled steel," Neugebauer said. "With the Green Key tool, we hope that
propane cylinder recycling eventually will become as routine as steel can
recycling. In the meantime, consumers 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 content."
    Beginning in June 2008, the Green Key tool will be packaged inside the
cap of most Coleman-branded propane cylinders and soon after will be available
at select sporting goods and camping equipment retailers in Canada. 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 also will
be sold separately, in packages of six. Consumers can find participating
retailers at
    For more information, see the separate Q&A fact sheet  at For French versions
of the news release and fact sheet, visit
    Coleman(R) and Green Key(R) are  registered trademarks of The Coleman
Company, Inc.

For further information:

For further information: Ann Walden of Coleman, +1-316-219-7536,

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