How to Recycle Full Aerosol Cans

Recycling empty aerosol cans is quite easy. When you are getting rid of those empty bottles of hairspray, paint, or other aerosol container, you can simply check with your local recycling center to see if they accept the cans. Most will accept them because of the aluminum and steel content. However, if you have a can that’s full or near full that you need to get rid of, it’s another story entirely.


Full Containers

If the aerosol can has liquid in it, many community recycling centers are not going to take it. Some do have the ability to drain the liquid from the container and dispose of it properly though, so it’s worth checking. Your other option is to contact a local hazardous waste facility that will be able to disport of the liquid and the container for you. If the reason that you are getting rid of the item is because it’s a defective product, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. They will sometimes let you return the product to them, and they will send you a replacement that works properly.

You should never try to puncture or drain the cans on your own. The contents are under pressure, and when you puncture a container, there’s a chance that the aerosol container could blow up, causing injury. The same could happen if you were to toss the can into a fire.

The Importance of Proper Recycling of Aerosol Cans

Recycling these cans properly is very important. If you were to throw them into the regular trash, you would find that the cans could explode when they are in the landfill, or they could leak. If they leak, they will spill their contents into the soil, which is harmful for the environment. An explosion could injure those who work at the landfill.