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Managing and Disposing as Hazardous Waste
- Jul 06, 2018 -

One option is to assume that the can, any leftover product in the can, and its propellant are listed or characteristic hazardous waste and manage and dispose according to hazardous waste regulatory requirements. If this option is followed, the generator must (in addition to following all the hazardous waste regulations): 

Accumulate all discarded cans in a container in good condition;

Keep container closed unless adding or removing an aerosol can; 3. Label the container with the words “Hazardous Waste;” and Count the waste towards the total amount of monthly waste generation for their generator status.

Depending on generator status, the appropriate regulations must be followed. For example, for small and large quantity generators, satellite and accumulation area regulations must be observed:

If stored in a satellite area, locate the container at or near the point of generation of the waste aerosol cans and do not exceed a total of 55 gallons of hazardous waste in the satellite area; or

If stored in an accumulation area, date the containers and comply with appropriate accumulation time periods.

It is not sufficient to empty the aerosol can through normal use and then recycle the can. In order to recycle the aerosol can, please see Puncturing Cans and Recycling, below.