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Hello, I am Evan Nadal. When I first started recycling, we placed each of the materials in separate bins. Sometimes, separate trucks would come pick up the cardboard, glass and plastic materials. Today, we can simply place all of the items in a single bin for the truck to pick up each week. The materials are automatically sorted at the facility. After the preparation and processing procedure, the new materials are shipped out to manufacturers that create new packaging and products from those supplies. I want to explore the recycling process from beginning to end on this site. I will talk about manufacturing with recycled materials as well. Please visit my site daily to learn more.


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Three Things You Should Know About Recycling Aerosol Cans

by Eleanor Holland

You may not be aware of it, but aerosol cans can be recycled. The metal that is used to make the cans for the aerosol products is often aluminum, but it may also be steel. In either case, this type of metal can be melted down and used again for something else, or perhaps re-purposed for another aerosol product. The following are a few things you need to know about aerosol can disposal and recycling.

You need to find out how they are sorted

The first thing you need to do is determine how your waste disposal company accepts these cans. Sometimes they simply allow you to include them with other metal cans, while at other times they want them included with hazardous materials. In large and medium-sized towns and cities, your local disposal company will likely have instructions on what to do. In smaller towns, you may have a recycling center that is community based. You will have to inquire whether they pick up recyclables or whether you need to drop them off. In either case, you need specific information about aerosol cans.

Things to do before you recycle your cans

If possible, use up all of the aerosol. It is true that when these cans are recycled, they will be punctured to eliminate any pressure built up inside the can. This is to prevent an explosion. However, from the time you throw it out until the time it is punctured, there can still be a safety issue. Make sure that you use up as much of the aerosol product as possible, but do not puncture the can yourself. The recycling process will do this safely. Also, remember to set the cap aside. They are made of plastic and need to be recycled separately.

It doesn't matter what the can contained

You may have several different aerosol cans that are empty but contained different types of product. For example, you may have a couple of empty spray paint cans, along with some empty cans of hairspray. Although these products are different, as far as recycling goes, they are the same. The cans will be punctured by special machines, and then they will be melted down at higher temperatures. The remnants of the contents will be annihilated by the high temperatures.

Unlike the aerosol products of years ago, today's aerosol products are safe to use and will not harm the environment. However, you do need to recycle them. Like many recyclables, aerosol cans don't have enough value that you will receive any money for turning them in, but you will be doing your share to contribute to preserving our environment and saving our natural resources.