Aerosol Cans

#7000 Aerosol Can Disposal System

Aerosol Can Recycling System, includes: Advanced Puncturing Device-Material Resistant Coating, Automatic Shut-off Valve, #7163 Combination, Colormetric Carbon Filter, Anti-Static Wire, Safety Goggles, and Aerosolv Counter




#5000 Aerosol Can Disposal System

Aerosol Can Recycling System, includes: Puncturing Device, #6163 Combination Coalescing Activated Carbon Filter, Anti-Static Wire, and Safety Goggles


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26%01/04/1994REGULATORY STATUS OF WASTE AEROSOL CANSMemo Description: No categorical determination is possible as to the reactivity of various types of aerosol cans. A hazardous waste determination is the responsibility of generator. Steel aerosol cans that do not contain a significant amount of liquid (e.g., cans that have been punctured and drained) meet the definition of scrap metal. Aerosol cans that are recycled as scrap metal are exempt, and the generator need not make a hazardous waste determination (SEE ALSO: 261.4(a)(13) exclusion for processed scrap metal).

 26%10/07/1993REGULATORY STATUS OF USED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL AEROSOL CANSMemo Description: EPA is unable to determine if aerosol cans exhibit the characteristic of reactivity (D003). Emptying a steel aerosol can by puncturing and draining it may be exempt as a step in recycling the can as scrap metal. A steel aerosol can qualifies as scrap metal if it does not contain significant liquids (i.e., is fully drained) and is therefore exempt from regulation when sent for recycling. Aerosol cans may be rendered empty in accordance with 261.7. Liquid or gas removed from a can is hazardous waste if it is listed or characteristic. There is no need to determine if a steel aerosol can is empty once it qualifies as scrap metal (i.e., once it no longer contains significant liquids) that is destined for recycling. Aerosol cans generated by households qualify for household hazardous waste exclusion. The exclusion attaches at the point of generation and continues to apply throughout the waste management cycle.

 26%09/30/1988AEROSOL CANS, ON-SITE DEPRESSURIZATION OFMemo Description: The region is in the best position to determine if aerosol cans are hazardous waste. Generally, cans are hazardous if they contain a listed or characteristic CCP and are not empty per 261.7 and/or if the cans themselves exhibit a characteristic. The region determines if depressurizing aerosol cans meets the definition of treatment. Waste aerosol cans generated in military housing are exempt household hazardous waste (HHW).

 25%12/30/1980AEROSOL CANS, RCRA REGULATON OFMemo Description: Puncturing, crushing, or shredding of non-empty aerosol cans is not treatment since the materials inside, not the cans, are hazardous. The residues inside are regulated if they are listed or characteristic. The cans themselves are not regulated unless they are mixed with waste (SUPERSEDED: see RPC# 10/7/93-05).

 25%09/12/1989AEROSOL CAN PUNCTURING, CRUSHING, OR SHREDDING, NON-EMPTYMemo Description: Puncturing, shredding, and crushing non-empty aerosol cans may meet the definition of hazardous waste treatment. The appropriate EPA Region or authorized State is in the best position to make this determination.

 21%10/07/1993REGULATORY STATUS OF USED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL AEROSOL CANSMemo Description: Aerosol cans generated by households qualify for the household hazardous waste exclusion. The exclusion attaches at the point of generation and continues throughout the waste management cycle. Steel aerosol cans are scrap metal when they are recycled if they do not contain significant liquids. There is no need to determine if a steel aerosol can is empty once it qualifies as scrap metal. Emptying an aerosol can by puncturing and draining may be exempt as a step in the recycling of the can as scrap metal. EPA is unable to determine if aerosol cans exhibit the characteristic of reactivity (D003). Liquid or gas removed from a can is hazardous waste if it is listed or characteristic. Aerosol cans may be emptied in accordance with 261.7.

 21%06/24/1992RECYCLING AND PROCESSING OF SPENT AEROSOL CANSMemo Description: Whether aerosol can processing constitutes treatment requiring a permit or qualifies as exempt recycling is a determination made by each Region on a case-by-case basis.

 20%03/31/1989EPA POLICY ON WHETHER VENTING/PUNCTURING AEROSOL CANS IS TREATMENTMemo Description: Whether venting and/or puncturing aerosol cans constitutes treatment per 260.10 is under review. In the meantime, consult Regional guidance or take the conservative approach that it does constitute treatment.

 17%05/19/1997CLARIFICATION OF REACTIVITY CHARACTERISTIC AS IT PERTAINS TO AEROSOL CANSMemo Description: EPA is unable to make a categorical determination as to whether various types of aerosol cans that may have contained a wide range of products exhibit the characteristic of reactivity. The generator is responsible for making this determination, Steel aerosol cans that have been punctured and drained would meet the definition of scrap metal. Scrap metal that is recycled is exempt from RCRA, thus generators need not make a hazardous waste determination. 

16%09/01/1987AEROSOL PAINT AND SOLVENT CANS DEMONSTRATION OF REACTIVITYQuestion & Answer Description: An aerosol can emptied according to 261.7 is still hazardous waste if it exhibits the reactivity characteristic (D003) (SEE ALSO: RPC# 1/4/94-02).

 8%12/30/1992APPLICATION OF THE BIF RULE TO HERITAGE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC., LEMONT, ILLINOISMemo Description: Unused propellant mixture (butane and propane) from aerosol cans is not a solid waste when it is burned for energy recovery because butane and propane are normally used as fuels. Material remaining in a partially used can is off-specification product that is being burned for its intended use. The burning of the mixture is not subject to the BIF regulations under Part 266, Subpart H. 


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