Clayton State uses a wide variety of products (cleaners, paints, pesticides) that come in aerosol cans (spray cans). Aerosol cans contain both the product and a pressurized propellant. In most cases, these products may have hazardous characteristics, such ignitability (e.g. paints, lubricants) or toxicity (e.g. pesticides, chlorinated cleaning products). In addition, most propellants are mixtures of ignitable gases, such as propane and butane. Since the aerosol cans are pressurized they present a safety hazard if not properly managed.
The purpose of this procedure is to assist Clayton State employees who generate aerosol can waste with a guideline on accumulation, processing and disposal of aerosol cans and their contents.
Disposing of an aerosol can that still has product inside the can in the regular trash can be considered improper disposal of hazardous waste. To ensure compliance with hazardous waste regulations, non-empty aerosol cans should be collected and managed as hazardous wastes.
Aerosol cans not punctured and drained will need to be
evaluated to determine if they are a listed or
characteristic hazardous waste. If you generate waste
aerosol cans, please do not dispose of the can in the
regular trash. Instead, put the cans in a separate container
and contact Facilities Management at (678) 466-4240.