Can You Recycle Aerosol Cans?

Do Recyclers Accept Aerosol Cans?

Some recyclers are known to accept aerosol cans that have been emptied of their contents. In contrast, other aerosol cans have to be sent to facilities that specialize in handling hazardous household products.

Why Are Recyclers So Careful with Aerosol Cans?

Here are some of the reasons that recyclers treat aerosol cans with such care and caution:

  • The substances stored in aerosol cans are often hazardous in some manner. For example, pesticides can cause harm to humans, particularly when careless spraying enables them to enter the human body through either the eyes, the nostrils, or the skin. Even when aerosol cans have been emptied, there will still be remnants of their former contents, meaning that they should be entrusted to people with the expertise, the experience, and the equipment needed to handle hazards.
  • Aerosol cans are highly pressurized. As a result, something as simple as either a puncture, a bad valve, or even the effects of corrosion can cause unintended depressurization, turning the containers into potential threats to the people who have to handle them.
  • High temperatures can cause the contents of aerosol cans to become even more pressurized, which can turn them into makeshift missiles as the excess pressure is released through their nozzles. In extreme cases when temperatures reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more, aerosol cans can even explode with the devastating consequences for everything around them.

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There are more household products besides aerosol cans that are recyclable under some circumstances, but not others. Homeowners who want to learn more should not hesitate to ask us about what we will and will not take so that they can get a better picture of what our waste disposal services mean for them.