Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has created a plan to prevent possible hazards caused by the misuse of three million gas-cylinders currently in use across the local market, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Public entities are cooperating to address this growing problem, as the improper use of gas cylinders is both costly and dangerous.

Although gas cylinders can have a shelf life of 24 years if used properly and safely, KOTC says nearly 90% of these cylinders are misused, resulting in tremendous waste accumulation that threatens the environment and the oil industry

Around 14,500 gas cylinders were reported to have been damaged or tampered, which is mainly attributed to misuse such as hurling the vessels around, according to the Kuwaiti company.