GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Thu Apr 03 1997 - 08:12:00 EST

Date: Thu, 3 Apr 97 13:12 WET
Subject: Re: Aerosol sprays and contents (Dave)

April 4, 1997

Dear Dave,

I m sorry that I misunderstood you.

You don t want to recycle Freon, whose use is being phased out. You can get into a hazardous waste situation and be regulated under RCRA Subtitle C s special rules concerning recycling (see 40 CFR 261.1(c) and 261.6(a)(3)(iv).
You also want to guard against CFC (propellant) discharge or contamination, which also gets you into a hazardous waste situation; however this is pretty unlikely since CFC propellants have been banned for nearly 20 years.
However, depending on what the contents are, some will be recyclable and some won t be or won t be cost-effective. There is actually a trade association to help out with this: The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (I m not sure that they don t include industrial), Washington, DC at 202-833-9471.
The answer is that most things can be reused and many recycled, even if they are hazardous, but the rules under which they are recycled are technical and must be known ahead of time.

I d be more comfortable finding out your answer to a specific substance, than making a general pronouncement. However, if you don t have a specific substance, I d suggest that you call the RCRA Hotline, or the EPA RCRA Subtitle C office in your region.

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