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Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Reviewed Coating - Aerosol Can Management Options

Options below have reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. They are commonly recommended and implemented for facilities.

 
Pressurized Reusable Container
Instead of buying an aerosol can, purchase a pressurized stainless steel container. These cannisters can hold 2-3 times the product of an over the counter aerosol can. In many cases the can and propellent costs more than the product; a pressurized container allows you to purchase the product in bulk, saving money and eliminating can waste.
 
Use Pump Spray Bottles
Consider replacing aerosol cans with simple pump spray bottles. Purchase the liquid material in bulk. If pressurized systems are required, consider reusable cans that can be pressurized with shop air. If you can’t eliminate aerosol cans, empty and depressurize them before recycling them. Once depressurized and emptied, the aerosol cans can be recycled as conventional scrap metal.

Unreviewed Options, Use with CautionUnreviewed Coating - Aerosol Can Management Options

Options below have not been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. They are commonly recommended and implemented for facilities.

 
Recycle Punctured Aerosol Cans
We currently puncture aersol cans and dispose of their waste in a 55 Gall0n drum. The punctured aersol cans are then placed in the plant trash. We will segregate the aerosl cans and take them to a local recycler to redeem them.
 
Control Chemical Product Inventory
Create a master list of approved chemical products that may be purchased and prohibit the purchase of any chemical products not on the approved chemical product list. Create a procedure employees must go through to get a new product added to the list and be willing to also remove an older product from the list when a new/better product is found/added that will do the same job. This program helps management prevent the use of highly hazardous products, encourage the use of "green" products, and reduce excessive buying of new product when old product is still available for use. Excessive buying of product, caused by each shop employee having his/her own "favorite" and his/her desire to "try the new thing" can create a large volume of waste product annually when product in storage becomes too old or dried out to serve its intended purpose.
 
Implement an aerosol can puncture device
Puncture aerosol cans and recycle the punctured metal.
 
Puncture Aerosol Cans
Continue puncturing aerosol cans to bulk flammable solvent propellant into solvent waste drums. Recycle the cans as scrap metal.



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