• Avoid Disposing of Aerosol Cans as Hazardous Waste
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel CSP, CET, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer. She has more than 25 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 200 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental health and Safety Trainer (CET), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She serves on the Blair County, PA LEPC. Her specialties include a wide variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, risk management, DOT and NIMS topics. She conducts trainings and seminars at national conferences and webinars for several national organizations. For regulation or product information, we can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email at xtechnical@newpig.com.

  • Michelle Leesays:
    03/12/2019 at 10:04 am Reply

    Before reading this article, I did not know that the aerosol cans can even be thought as hazardous. I’ll have to look for an aerosol disposal service to help with the process for when I need it. I did not know that you can get refillable compressed air containers.

  • Scott Nelsonsays:
    07/27/2019 at 11:11 am Reply

    I have just purchased a new pig can recycler, and am excited to begin using it. I have one concern, are there any regulations or any safeguards as to the mixing of the cans contents in the collection drum?

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      09/23/2019 at 11:07 am Reply

      We’re glad that you like our can recycling system! Check out this post for more information about co-mingling different effluents in your collection drum.

  • nathan brownsays:
    01/29/2020 at 12:33 pm Reply

    BE CAREFUL OF THIS!!!! This ruling will help us however it is contingent on each state adopting the new policy and until your state does this it is still considered Hazardous!!… Cheers!!

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      01/30/2020 at 10:33 am Reply

      Hi there! It’s a great idea to verify whether your state has adopted the Federal Rule as it is or whether they have chosen to develop a more stringent rule.

  • Eric Gsays:
    01/29/2020 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Our manufacturing facility currently manages Aerosol Cans (used & emptied) as a “scrap metal for recycling” program. We manage the residual contents of the aerosol cans (punctured & collected) as Hazardous Waste. The perspective that I see of the Universal Waste management requirements is significantly more involved than our current waste generation / disposal. To change our management of the scrap metal to Universal Waste will require some additional activities and management than we already have in place. Can you advise what the change to Universal Waste might mean for us? Thank you

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      01/30/2020 at 10:35 am Reply

      Hi there, thanks for your question! For many facilities that are already safety puncturing their aerosol cans with commercially available can puncturing units, recycling the scrap metal (depressurized cans) and managing the residual drained liquids properly, managing the cans under the federal Universal Waste rules should not present many big operational changes.

      Under the new Federal Rule, you have the option to collect the cans and send them for recycling by a Universal Waste Handler; or you may continue to puncture them in a puncturing unit that has been designed to safely puncture the cans, recycle the depressurized cans and manage the drained liquids appropriately (typically, these liquids will need to be managed as hazardous waste).

      The biggest changes for you may simply be to have a set of written instructions for using the can puncturing system, maintaining a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions for the puncturing unit, formally training your employees on how to puncture the cans safely, and having a written spill response program (and spill kit) available in case the residual liquids leak or spill.


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