Proper Disposal of Aerosol Cans

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Aerosol cans are commonly used for products such as air fresheners, hairspray, and cooking sprays. When it comes to disposing of aerosol cans, it's important to handle them properly to avoid any safety hazards or environmental harm.

First, check the label to determine if the aerosol can is completely empty. If it's empty, you can recycle the can along with your other metal recyclables. Make sure to remove the plastic cap and any other non-metal parts before recycling.

If the aerosol can is not completely empty, it is considered hazardous waste and should not be placed in your regular trash or recycling bin. Instead, it should be taken to a local household hazardous waste collection facility. These facilities are equipped to handle and dispose of hazardous waste safely.

Another option for aerosol cans is to find a nearby recycling drop-off location that accepts aerosol cans. Many recycling centers and facilities have specific arrangements for aerosol can recycling. Make sure to call ahead and confirm that they accept aerosol cans before making a trip.

By following these proper disposal methods, you can ensure that aerosol cans are recycled or disposed of responsibly, minimizing their impact on the environment and keeping yourself safe.