|Empty Aerosol Cans
• CFC propellants have not been used in local consumer aerosols since 1989.
• There are no CFC's used in spray cans today.
• Empty aerosol cans are a potential recyclable that should be included in your kerbside collections.
Internationally the safety of including empty aerosols in recycling programmes is well proven. Several bodies such as the USA-based Factory Mutual Research Corporation and the European TUV have confirmed that aerosols are safe to collect, sort and process for recycling.
We encourage you to include empty aerosol cans in your recycling service, but you do need to inform the public about sensible disposal - make sure that the aerosol is empty, reinforce the warning (on all labels) that they shouldn't attempt to pierce or open the can and recommend that they remove and dispose of the large plastic cap or 'spray-thru' lid.