November 15 was America Recycles Day. More than 10 million aerosols are manufactured each day in the U.S. for products ranging from shaving cream to bicycle lubricant. The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) reports that nearly four billion aerosol cans are produced in the U.S. annually for products.
These empty aerosol products can be recycled and are increasingly being recycled. More U.S. municipalities are accepting empty aerosol containers making it easier for U.S. consumers to toss used shaving cream cans and bicycle lubricants, cooking sprays and spray sunscreens into their bins.
More can be done. The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) is pleased that, after 20 years of awareness efforts, more than 5,300 U.S. municipalities now include aerosol cans in their recycling programs. Many, however, remain unaware that these products are recyclable.
“We are pleased that more than 65 percent of Americans have access to aerosol recycling through curbside pickup, drop off and waste-to-energy recovery programs,” said D. Douglas Fratz, CSPA Aerosol Products Division Staff Executive and Senior Science Fellow, whose organization represents the aerosol industry. “But the remaining 35 percent must be addressed. We have only one goal in mind, 100 percent,” Fratz said.
Recycling empty aerosol containers is as easy as 1-2-3:
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.
The CAPCO is a CSPA affiliate organization, working with CSPA’s Aerosol Products Division members to provide factual information to consumers about aerosol products. For more information about aerosol product recycling visit www.AerosolProducts.org.
The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of companies manufacturing, formulating, distributing and selling more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier lives.