Spent Aerosol Can Recycling

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Aerosol cans contain a number of organic compounds that contribute to air pollution. When disposed of in a solid waste landfill, the cans are inevitably crushed, allowing harmful organic vapors to escape to the atmosphere.

In an effort to eliminate this source of air pollution, TMCC has implemented an aerosol can recycling program. Disposing of aerosol cans in the regular trash can lead to regulatory violations and possible fines.

Do not dispose of aerosol cans in office trash or dumpsters

Aerosol cans are regulated as “Hazardous Waste” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if:

  • The can is under pressure;
  • The can contains propellants; and
  • The contents are typically flammable.

Examples of typical aerosol cans that should be recycled include:

  • Spray paint
  • Spray adhesives or fixatives
  • De-greasers such as WD-40
  • Cleaning/disinfectant spray
  • “Dust Off” computer cleaners

Examples of typical aerosol cans that are better left at home include:

  • Hairspray
  • “Pam” style cooking oils
  • “Easy Cheese” style food in a can

If you bring these items to campus for personal consumption, please bring them home with you. Do not dispose of in our campus trash.

If you generate spent aerosol cans in your department, please use the Facilities Services Work Order System or contact the EHS Office to request proper disposal.