Celebrating National Recycling Week (NRW) from 10-16 November 2014, Planet Ark’s Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray, said: “It’s surprising that more than half of Australians wrongly believe that aerosol cans can’t be recycled. In fact, they are made from fully recyclable steel or aluminium. Even though many people use aerosols everyday for products like deodorants they still hold on to old ideas. [Planet Ark’s] research shows people report having been told to keep aerosol cans out of the recycling, which is a hangover from the past. Once they are empty it is perfectly safe to put them in the recycling.”
View the NRW community service announcement, find out if your Council accepts empty aerosols (most do!), read what Planet Ark has to say about aerosol recycling, read what Can & Aerosol News says about the campaign, read the blog by Association Executive Director, Philip Fleming, and continue to read this webpage to find out more how you, and 90% of Australians, could and should recycle empty aerosols.
Each year, Australians use about 10 aerosol cans each. Aerosol recycling is well-established in Australia. It reduces landfill waste and reduces greenhouse emissions.
The majority of councils accept aerosols in their kerbside collection schemes and at waste disposal sites. In fact, around 90% of Australians are able to recycle their aerosols. To find out if your council accepts aerosols, call them, visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au, or call the Recycling Hotline: 1300 733 712. If they don’t accept aerosols, encourage them to do so!
Place your empty aerosols straight into your recycling bin, along with other aluminium or steel household waste. Do not pierce, squash or separate them. It helps, but is not essential, if you remove any large plastic parts that come off easily, like the lid.
Most of us are good at recycling kitchen and household aerosols, but dont forget to recycle those empty aerosols that you have thrown away in your bathroom or bedroom bins!
To dispose of any full or part-full aerosols, contact your council.
If you are a local council and want more information about aerosol recycling, contact us.
Many Australian companies have signed the Covenant to commit to reducing packaging waste. The Packaging Covenant Body calculates that 42.5% of all used steel cans (this includes aerosols) were recycled in 2014-15, while 50% of all aluminium aerosols were recycled.