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How To Recycle Aerosol Cans

How To Recycle Aerosol Cans

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There are lots of things that come in aerosol cans - deodorant, air freshener, hairspray, spray paint, and even squirty cream and car de-icer.

Aerosol cans are made from either steel or aluminium, just like drinks cans and tin cans. Both of these are 100% recyclable, so your spray can easily be recycled.

How To Recycle Your Aerosol

Before recycling an aerosol can, ensure that the can is empty; a partly filled can may explode when exposed to heat, so use up all the contents before disposing of your spray can.

Do not crush or pierce an aerosol can - again to could explode, especially if it has anything left in it.

Remove any caps or loose items, which should be placed in your household waste.

Most local councils will collect aerosol cans as part of your household recycling collection, but if not they should be accepted at your household recycling centre.

Find your local council recycling information.

An aerosol can that is not empty is regarded as hazadous waste, so if you really cannot finish the can off, check whether your local recycling centre has hazadous waste disposal facilities.

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