Australians purchase around 240 million aerosols every year but in 2014 more than one in every two people wrongly believe aerosols can't be recycled. They can be!
Aerosol cans are used to package and dispense a vast array of liquid products - from deodorants and hair spray to cooking oil and whipped cream.
About Aerosol Can Recycling
- More than 80% of Australians live in councils that collect aerosols for recycling.
- Empty, intact aerosol cans can be safely recycled along with other metal packaging.
- Aerosols are made from either steel or aluminium, which are infinitely recyclable in Australia.
- Aerosols are used in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry, shed and garage so remember to recycle them from all over the house.
- If the aerosol can isn't empty, it should be disposed of through your council's hazardous waste program.
Butane aerosol cans or canisters such as those used for camping should NOT be put in the kerbside recycling they are highly flammable if any gas is remaining in them. It's best practice to keep them out of the kerbside bin and dispose of them at your local household chemical drop-off service.
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