A national trade body is issuing a reminder to the waste sector about a returns scheme for gas cylinders.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) works in partnership with the trade association for the LPG industry (UKLPG) on an initiative to help civic amenity sites return cylinders to their correct owner.

Under the scheme, by calling a maximum of three numbers, the cylinders will be collected free-of-charge, within 15 working days, by authorised staff carrying appropriate identification and then returned to their lawful owner. Advice can also be provided on the disposal of unbranded cylinders.

Doug Thornton, CEO of the BCGA, said, “The scheme has been developed to ensure gas cylinders are returned to their rightful owners and to ensure they don’t fall into the wrong hands and present a safety issue.”

The BCGA also provides guidance for the waste management industry on the return procedure and safe handling of gas cylinders on site.

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