Many Americans don’t know they might make up the 60-plus percent who can recycle empty aerosol cans through their local recycling programs, or that most aerosol packages are manufactured from recycled materials.
To acknowledge Earth Day, the Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) and the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Aerosol Products Division are working to educate consumers, recycling program coordinators and municipal governments about the recyclability of empty aerosol containers.
“Consumers are unaware, in part, because not all of recycling programs actively publicize their acceptance of steel aerosol cans,” said Doug Fratz, of CSPA’s Aerosol Products Division, which represents the consumer aerosol industry. “The CSPA and CAPCO hope that consumers will make aerosol recycling part of their Earth Day celebrations.”
Many steel aerosol cans feature the “Please Recycle When Empty” logo to indicate they can be safely recycled. Here’s How:
1. Empty the aerosol of its contents through normal use.
2. Check instructions from the local collector to determine if empty aerosols are accepted.
3. Place empty aerosol container in bin along with other recyclables.