• Customer Questions: Disposing of Aerosol Puncturing Unit Filters
  • 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.

  • Rudysays:
    02/25/2015 at 12:16 pm Reply

    The answer says that once the aerosol can is punctured the residue is left in the drum. What drum is the answer referring too? Then what procedure is the non hazardous disposal of the opened aerosol cans? We are in the state of California.

    • Karensays:
      02/26/2015 at 9:56 am Reply

      Hi Rudy,
      The PIG Aerosol Can Recycler needs to be mounted on a steel drum to operate correctly. (This is the drum that is referenced.) When an aerosol can is punctured using the unit, the residual liquid and propellant that were in the aerosol can are evacuated through the puncture hole into the collection drum.
      After the aerosol can has been punctured, the can itself is now considered non-hazardous (under federal regulations) and may be recycled as scrap metal.
      The residual liquid that is in the collection drum must still be managed properly. It’s a good idea to have a means of keeping track of what types of cans have been punctured so that the liquid residual in the drum can be properly manifested.
      To help prevent fugitive emissions, the PIG Aerosol Can Recycler has a two-stage filter that captures aerosolized liquids as well as vapors. For most states, this is sufficient to meet air quality requirements. In California, however, air quality rules are more stringent than they are in many other parts of the country. A specialized can recycling unit is available that meets California’s requirements. If you need information on how/where to purchase that, please call us at 1-800-HOT-HOGS.
      Hope this helps!

  • susansays:
    02/25/2015 at 6:17 pm Reply

    I find that very interesting and informative. I assumed any filtering unit and carbon would be hazardous wastes. It is good to know they will not.

  • Sophia @ Ekocorpsays:
    03/28/2015 at 4:18 am Reply

    It is quite interesting. In fact, I had the same opinion as susan about the carbon and unit hazards. This information is quite helpful.

    • Brittany Svobodasays:
      03/30/2015 at 10:14 am Reply

      Thanks for your feedback, Sophia!

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