Safe aerosol can recycling promoted

A new program has begun recruiting collaborators to make aerosol can recycling as commonplace as the recycling of aluminum cans, bottles and newspapers. The new initiative, called Aerosolv Nation, aims to address the estimated 3.5 billion aerosol cans sold each year in the United States alone, most of which end up in hazardous waste landfills or trash dumps rather than being properly recycled.

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities across North America and several other countries signed the initiative at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference. Dubbed ‘Aerosolv Ambassadors,’ they will launch the program in their communities in the coming weeks.

Aerosolv is the only aerosol can recycling technology to be awarded the EPA’s Environmental Technology Verification. It is safe, affordable, efficient technology to prepare aerosol cans for proper recycling.

More than 47,000 Aerosolv systems are in use already worldwide, by universities and municipalities, businesses, government agencies, and large-scale manufacturers, recycling an estimated 60 million aerosol cans.