That is, aerosol cans are regulated as hazardous waste when discarded, because propellant in the cans is flammable (i.e., a characteristic hazardous waste) and/or the contents of the cans contain P- or U- listed chemicals regulated as hazardous wastes.
Are aerosol cans hazardous waste?
Aerosol cans can account for nearly 40 percent of retail items that are managed as hazardous waste at large retail facilities. With this rule, EPA adds hazardous waste aerosol cans to those “universal wastes” regulated under title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 273.
How do you dispose of aerosol spray cans?
The best bet with aerosols is to completely use up the contents of the can, including the propellant. If this cannot be safely done, the product should be disposed at your local household hazardous waste (HHW) collection site or at a locally sponsored HHW event.
How do you dispose of aerosol cans not empty?
If your aerosol can is labeled with words like TOXIC or FLAMMABLE, don’t put it in the trash unless it is completely empty. If you have a partially full can that you need to dispose of, you can take it to your local household hazardous waste facility or to a participating retailer.
How do you dispose of liquid hairspray?
“Most aerosol cans are steel containers pressurized with propellants, (e.g. butane). When the aerosol can is EMPTY, the propellant and the product are gone, so they are no longer hazardous and can be disposed of in the blue bin.”
How do you depressurize an aerosol can?
I depressurize most aerosol cans before throwing them out. Punch a hole in the top just inside the crimped edge. Use an awl and tap it with a hammer. It pierces very easily.
How do I dispose of old shampoo and conditioner?
For bottles that can be completely emptied of their contents – remove as much of the product directly into the trash where it will go into a landfill. Do not rinse the bottle out, but you can take a paper towel and wipe it clean. If the makeup bottle is plastic or glass you can recycle it afterward.
How do you dispose of aerosol cans in NYC?
Aerosols that contain non-hazardous materials: If you can’t find someone to donate your extra material to, the non-hazardous contents can be emptied by spraying them into a garbage can. Then place the empty can in your blue bin. Most aerosol cans are steel containers pressurized with propellants, (e.g. butane).