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Business Waste: Aerosols
Proper Disposal: Empty aerosol cans may be placed in the garbage. Empty means the can has no pressure or liquid residuals; it is completely sprayed out.

Take aerosol cans that contain hazardous products to one of the collection facilities listed below.
Low-toxicity products (e.g. compressed air) may be placed in the garbage.
Recycle: --
Potential Hazards: Aerosol cans contain a compressed gas propellant which dispenses the product as a mist. The contents may be flammable, toxic, or persistent, or (like pepper spray) may contain strong irritants. A hazardous product has one of these words on the label: caution, warning, danger, poison. Potential hazards can be reduced by minimizing use, using only in a well-ventilated area away from flame, and storing aerosol cans away from heat sources.

Aerosol cans may be targeted for inhalant abuse, or “huffing,” by those vulnerable to addiction with potentially fatal results. Nitrous oxide propellant is used in aerosol whipped cream and may also be used in aerosol spray cooking oil. Nitrous oxide propellant is a greenhouse gas more than 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It is also a developmental toxin and anesthetic.
Safer Alternatives: Use products with spray pumps rather than propellants. Choose heavy cream and use a mixer to make whipped cream instead of choosing aerosol cans.

Visit the link below titled “Choose Safer Household Products” for tips on finding the safest household products.

If you are an artist, see the link below titled “Selecting Safer Art Adhesives” to learn about safer spray adhesives.
Collection Facilities Info: Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal – What wastes can I bring?
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Last Modified: 05/31/2013

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