Aerosol cans: Is the pressure giving you a haz waste headache?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says US manufacturing and automotive industries alone use more than 1.6 billion aerosol cans annually. That's a whole lotta cans! What you may not know is, even if they're empty, those cans are still pressurized - which means they're hazardous waste. Toss 'em into a landfill and you're risking big fines.

There's a better way. The EPA says if you take the pressure out of the cans they'll be exempt from hazardous waste regs. And then you can make money by sending them for scrap metal recycling [40 CFR 261.6(a)(3)(ii)].

So how do you get the pressure out of a can? The PIG Aerosol Can Recycler safely punctures the can, collects the residual contents, filters out volatile emissions - and you just toss it in the scrap metal recycling bin. It's a win for you and a win for the environment.


Learn how to properly dispose of aerosol cans

Aerosol Can Recycling

Puncture aerosol cans safely with PIG and AEROSOLV systems that can help you avoid hassle, haz waste regs and expense. EPA aerosol can disposal regulations say that pressurized cans are hazardous waste and must be treated properly – which is a huge hassle. But using an aerosol can puncture device can render them exempt from haz waste regs – and allow you to recycle them easily and legally as scrap steel. Easy.

DRM1266

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PIG® Aerosol Single-Can Recycler

  • Aerosol Can Recycler
  • For 5" H to 9.5" H Cans
  • 1 each

DRM1144

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AEROSOLV® Plus Can Puncturing System with Counter

  • Aerosol Can Recycler
  • For 5" H to 9.5" H Cans
  • 1 each

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AEROSOLV® XL CA-Compliant Can Puncturing System

  • Aerosol Can Recycler
  • For 5" H to 9.5" H Cans
  • 1 each

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PIG® Combination Coalescing/Carbon Filter

  • For Aerosol Can Recycler or AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 1 each

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PIG® Aerosol Four-Can Recycler

  • Aerosol Can Recycler
  • For 5" H to 9.5" H Cans
  • 1 each

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PIG® Aerosol Four-Can Recycler Repair Kit

  • For Aerosol Four-Can Recycler
  • 1 per package

Accessories for Aerosol Can Recycling

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PIG® Combination Filter

  • For Aerosol Can Recycler or AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 1 each

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PIG® Carbon Cartridge

  • For Aerosol Can Recycler or AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 2 each

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PIG® Aerosol Can Recycler Repair Kit With Viton Gasket

  • For Aerosol Can Recycler or AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 1 each

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PIG® Aerosol Can Recycler Repair Kit With Neoprene Gasket

  • For Aerosol Can Recycler or AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 1 each

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AEROSOLV® CA-Compliant Colorimetric Indicator Replacement Cartridge

  • For AEROSOLV XL CA-Compliant Can Puncturing System
  • 1 each

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AEROSOLV® CA-Compliant Colorimetric Indicator Replacement Cartridge

  • For AEROSOLV XL CA-Compliant Can Puncturing System
  • 2 each

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AEROSOLV® Colorimetric Indicator Replacement Cartridge

  • For AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 2 each

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AEROSOLV® Colorimetric Indicator Replacement Cartridge

  • For AEROSOLV Can Puncturing System
  • 1 each

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