Aerosol Cans

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Special Instructions

Aerosol cans that contained (or still contain) toxic material (e.g., air freshener, hair spray, sunscreen) need to be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Empty aerosol cans that once held nontoxic material (e.g., cooking oil, whipped cream) can go in the Recycle Container. Remove plastic caps and put them in the trash.

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It's Hazardous Waste

If there’s even a drop of liquid left, an aerosol can is still pressurized and can explode, so dispose of it as hazardous waste.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Febreze Aerosol Recycling Program

Recycle empty Febreze-branded aerosol containers through TerraCycle’s Febreze Aerosol Recycling Program.

Did You Know?

Aerosol Cans Still Aren't Green

The United States stopped using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol cans in the 1970s because they were depleting the ozone layer. Yet aerosol cans still contain chemicals that contribute to climate change, such as compressed gases and hydrocarbons.