Selecting an Aerosol Can Disposal System

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A wide variety of major industries utilize aerosol cans, spanning industrial manufacturing, municipalities and vocational education, among others. What happens to an aerosol can after it has reached its useful life?

Proper disposal guidelines dictate that pressurized aerosol cans are typically sealed in a drum to be processed as hazardous waste at a landfill or facility. The cans are considered to be hazardous because they contain a liquid hazardous waste or are still pressurized, which may cause them to potentially explode at the landfills. Companies that do not dispose of aerosol cans properly risk paying hefty fines.

Properly disposing of the cans, however, will save landfill space and reduce hazardous waste. Additionally, the processed cans may be sold as recyclable steel.

Selecting the correct Aerosol disposal system allows persons to stay clean and mess free while remaining fully compliant with OSHA and EPA standards.

Newstripe’s AeroVent Aerosol Disposal System helps you safely recycle your aerosol cans for recycling and assists environmentally-sensitive companies legally dispose of spent aerosol cans.

All our systems are easy-to-use. Mount the puncturing device onto any standard 30- or 55-gallon drum. Insert a can upside down and clamp into position. Activating the device penetrates the can with an angled pin. Remaining liquid contents pour out into the drum, along with the propellant and drains any remaining product along with the propellant into the sealed drum. A carbon filter absorbs any vapors and odors from the drum. Once full, dispose of it as hazardous liquid waste according to appropriate regulations.

The AeroVent Aerosol Can Disposal System is safe and the enclosed chamber protects the operator when puncturing and draining.

The system is easy to use along with being versatile and is EPA, RCRA, OSHA compliant.

By using an Aerosol Can Disposal System companies minimize the high expense of hazardous waste disposal utilizing the legal, easy way to turn empty aerosol cans into recyclable steel.

Aerosol Can Disposal issues

As noted earlier, leftover materials in partially filled cans may qualify as hazardous waste. If a can is found to be inoperative or malfunctioning, returning it to the supplier will prevent the user from having to treat it as hazardous waste.

Cans that are punctured and drained are not considered to be hazardous waste and may be recyclable. Companies that use a significant number of aerosol cans may wish to consider aerosol-puncturing equipment, which allows the contents of cans to be safely removed and prepared for disposal.

Aerosol cans are normally manufactured from thin sheets of steel. The products they hold are highly pressurized with a number of types of hydrocarbon propellants, from carbon dioxide or butane or propane. In recent years, some scientists and environmental activists have linked chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants to decreases in the planet’s ozone layer. Most manufacturers have shifted to propellants that are thought to be less damaging to the atmosphere

Aerosol cans should never be placed in fires or heated locations, because they may explode, and the propellant may be flammable. Cans that are still pressurized may also burst if place in a garbage compactor.

If cans that contain hazardous wastes are to be disposed, they should be placed in a special closed container displaying markings indicating that the waste is hazardous. The labeling should also indicate the specific types of waste and the date when the container began to be used. Keep records of when and how the waste was disposed or recycled.

Why are aerosol cans dangerous?

Aerosol cans are dangerous because of the unusual mix of substances stored under pressure inside the metal canister. Even if the active ingredient is not a hazardous chemical (eg, food products) the can is still capable of exploding or turning into a dangerous projectile. The biggest problem with aerosol cans in the workplace is their potential to ignite or explode other Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substance.

Newstripe Introduces The AeroVent Standard™

Aurora, CO.   (February 9, 2017) – Newstripe is pleased to announce the release of the new AeroVent™ Standard. This model features the same trusted design of the AeroVent 1X with a simplified economical filter.

Designed for the low-volume budget-conscience waste generator, who does not require a cycle counter or convenience of the Viz-a-Ball indicator, the AeroVent™ Standard still maintains the highest in safety standards. The totally enclosed chamber prevents potential blow back into the operators face.

The Safe2Filter carbon filter utilizes a simple check valve to close the filter when not in use for compliance with EPA, OSHA and California regulations.

For more information about the new AeroVent™ Standard, please visit www.newstripe.com.

About Newstripe, Inc.
Founded in 1981, Newstripe, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business with a global presence. Known in the industry for delivering extraordinary service, innovation and upholding a high level of standards, Newstripe continues to improve and expand their product lines. For more information, visit www.newstripe.com or call 1(800) 624-6706.

How to Recycle Aerosol Cans

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If you use aerosol cans in your home, understanding how to recycle the cans properly is essential. Aerosol cans have an environmental impact and are considered hazardous waste when the cans aren’t fully used in many locations. If you use aerosol cans, recycling them is the right thing to do for the world around you. Let’s look at how to recycle aerosol cans so you can do your part to help save the environment.

How to Recycle Aerosol Cans Properly

Read the directions and warning on each aerosol can you buy. These instructions will tell you how to use the can, along with how it should be disposed. Since the chemicals being used in each can will vary from product to product, you may need to recycle the can differently. Make sure to follow the instructions for disposal on the can.

Make sure the can is empty by shaking it; if you don’t feel any liquid moving around, it’s empty. You can also make sure the can is empty by pressing down on the nozzle and ensuring it’s not clogged. If nothing comes out, even after shaking it, you’re safe to bring it to a recycling center for processing. As long as an aerosol can is empty, consumers assume they can throw the can in the trash. This just isn’t true. These cans should still be recycled to reduce their environmental impact.

If the can isn’t empty or you can’t tell for sure, you should take the aerosol can to a recycling center for proper disposal. Don’t try to take the nozzle off, puncture the can, or crush it at home to make to make it small. Let the recycling center use the tools at their disposal, like aerosol can crushers, to take care of the can for you.

By trying to modify the aerosol can, you can cause it to explode due to the pressurized nature of how aerosol cans work. Never throw away a partial or full aerosol can in your regular trash can either. Since the chemicals inside can be hazardous waste and impact the environment, you want to hold onto the cans in a safe place until you can bring them to a recycling center.

Not all recycling centers can recycle aerosol cans, so make sure to call ahead and ensure they can take them. In some locations, cities have specific places you can take aerosol cans and other products to be recycled. Check your city’s website or give them a call to find out where you can recycle partial or full aerosol cans safely.