Recycling Your Empty Aerosol Cans

Aerosol cans, even when they are empty, can cause quite a few environmental problems. The concept of aerosol cans started well over a hundred years ago, but they’ve only come into widespread use over the past fifty of sixty years or so. Because of the popularity of these types of products though, there are millions of the cans on shelves and in homes. From the hairspray in the bathroom to the canned spray paint that might be sitting in your garage.



Why are Aerosol Cans a Problem?

The sheer volume of empty aerosol cans filling the landfills is a huge issue. Whenever people throw recyclable materials into the regular trash, it takes up more space and limits the available space in the dump. Because the material is recyclable, it also means that instead of reusing the metal in the can, companies and manufacturers have to take virgin materials from the environment, which is a waste of energy and resources.

Recycling Your Empty Aerosol Cans

When you have an aerosol product in your home, make sure that the can is empty before you get ready to recycle. You will be able to dispose of the can by dropping it off at a local recycling center or through pickup service if your community has that option. Of course, you need to make sure that the center accepts these types of cans. Because the aerosol cans are aluminum or steel, most of the recycling centers will readily accept them. However, you have to make sure that your cans are completely empty.

One of the things that you should never do is to put aerosol cans into a trash fire. Even when they are empty, the cans are pressurized. This means that they have the potential to explode and cause serious injury to those near them.