Aerosol can disposal - what is required?

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Source: EHS Management Strategies, LLC

During management system audits or compliance audits the management of aerosol cans is one issue that is seldom management consistently. The disposal of aerosol cans depends on the condition of the can and the hazardous waste generator status of the site. 

The condition of the can can be:

  • Empty
  • Partially Empty

An empty aerosol can is one where the contends of the can have been emptied and the pressure inside the can is atmospheric.  These cans under the federal rules (check for state specific rules) can be place in the general trash or recycled.

For example, some states, such as Colorado, treat aerosol cans containing product as universal waste. In Wisconsin, there are special requirements for “empty” aerosol cans. So please check your stated specific rules.

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