Yeah my local propane guy said they are not allowed to re-sell condemned tanks. I think it is a safety issue with the government.
He actually suggested that I just steal one off of him as the yard is not locked at night. Sadly I am not a thief. In my province it appears that once they are turned in for demolition they cannot be resold.
They are going to be purged and turned into scrap, then environmentally unfriendly energy will be spent to re-melt them for the re claimed metal.
However If I turn it into a useful smoker with just a little welding and cutting isn't that a better method of re-cycling the material?
I ran into the same thing at the dump last summer, some guy was throwing out 50 4x8foot sheets of 1/2 inch plywood. ( They cost $21.00 each at the local hardware store ) Most of them just had a few nail holes in them and were painted. They were busy throwing them into a giant chipper. I could have used them and offered $5.00 apiece for them. The attendant said He was sorry but nothing was allowed to be scrounged or sold from the thrown out waste pile the wood would be recycled as compost. What a giant waste. $20 worth of wood going to make 50 cents worth of compost.