Aerosol can disposal: What you can do

Aerosol spray cans are frequently used by us though some of us are not even aware of their potential as a recyclable material. Most of these cans are made of steel and aluminum— both of which can be recycled. As per reports, there are around 3 billion steel cans made in the United States and (as per estimates) if every user resolves to recycle these cans then there would be extra enough steel to manufacture about 400,000 automobiles.

Aerosol can disposal

Aerosol: A few facts

It is important to note that aerosol cans should not be disposed of arbitrarily on landfills, after use. Go through the post in a bid to learn more about proper aerosol can disposal.

Aerosols, in their truest essence are collections of small particles often found suspended in gas. Most recognizably, they are available in pressurized spray cans which contain products regularly used by us including hair spray, mousse, whipped cream and spray paint.

There are propellants packed under pressure which might as well cause the container to explode when they are exposed to the heat. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia opines, “due to the flammability [of aerosol cans], these gases can cause fires and explosions if they are sprayed or are released unintentionally due to puncture or damage to the can, or if the contents are exposed to an open flame, pilot light, spark or static electricity.” (Source:

So, it is not prudent to throw them off on empty landfills as they can end up hurting landfill workers. It is very important to ensure that the cans are totally empty before they are relegated to the bin. Please ensure that all the contents of the cans are drained out before they are dispensed. Keep on spraying the can unless and until it does not stop making a hissing sound. Approach your haulers and ask them if they will be accepting these cans for recycling or not.

You can just do away with the general hassles of Aerosol can disposal by adopting the measures mentioned below:

  • Instead of buying the usual spray paints, go for the eco friendly paints
  • Buy cleaning products in non aerosol versions
  • Refrain from buying pressurized hairspray cans— there are a number of non pressurized containers available in the market
  • When it comes to buying paint, make sure that you are purchasing only the quantity which is required for your home improvement or renovation project

Aerosol cans are treated as hazardous waste

Many of us know that aerosol cans are treated as hazardous waste by many states owing to the obvious presence of propellants. Aerosol spray cans were believed to emit the brominated and chlorinated chloroflurocarbons. Later on these CFCs were banned from aerosols. Airborne CFCs are not viewed “as an issue” anymore. However, these cans still have hazardous traits which make it a bit difficult for us to recycle them.

Make sure that you are acquainting yourself with these facts before dispensing them to the bin. Weigh the options you have!

Waste Disposal for your business – Where to start

Starting a business means a lot of time and consideration into different factors, the building, the staff and the unique selling points of the company are all instant considerations. One thing that is often overlooked at the start and can cause widespread panic amongst business owners is waste disposal and how it works within a business.


If your business is producing a vast amount of waste then this will need to be pre-planned to ensure that your business abides by all the legal requirements. If your business is producing potentially hazardous waste then more steps will be taken. Whatever your business needs, whether you are producing factory waste, general office waste or restaurant waste these steps will know how to deal with it before it becomes a problem.

Does your business need an environmental permit?

If your business produces waste or emissions that effect the surrounding air, water or land you may need an environmental permit. Depending on your location and local council, you may also need a local authority environmental permit.

If your business produces emissions into the air you will need a part B permit, whereas there is a short list of specific works that will need you to apply for a part A(2) waste permit. These include:

The refining of gas, metal works which can include casting of iron, steel or ferrous metals. A part A(2) permit is also required for those surface treating metals, grinding cement and metallurgical slag. If you are manufacturing tyres, glass, ceramic products or wood based boards then you will also require this waste permit. Other tasks which require a permit include animal carcases or waste.

If you come under any of these or require a permit you should seek information from the Environmental Agency to apply for a permit.

Seeking a professional waste disposal company

Local to our business is Map Waste Disposal, a company based in Leicester that can take all of our office wastes from all of the businesses under our brands umbrella. If you produce a large quantity of waste then you will need to take up this option. So before planning to far ahead, speak to a local waste disposal company to get more information and an approximate cost for the amount you plan to produce. You can either have them collect the waste from bins provided by them or seek out skip hire services to go ahead with large quantities or one of clearances.

Put a waste system in place

Ensure your employees have a system of waste disposal to abide by, supply the correct containers and documents with instructions of how to manage the waste. With a system in place you can have the waste collected weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You should ensure your employees all know their roles when it comes to the disposal of waste. Here End of Tenancy Cleaning London is working fine in cleaning industry.