What to do with
Want to recycle aerosols but don't know if you can?
Aerosols are widely recycled. To check if you can recycle aerosols at home or to find out where your nearest recycling facilities are, use our handy Recycling Locator tool.
How to recycle aerosols
- Ensure aerosols are completely empty before recycling
- Do not pierce, crush or flatten aerosol cans
- Detach any loose or easily removable parts, such as the lid, and dispose of them with the rest of your rubbish
- Aerosols can be stored for a long time - there's no need to throw out a half empty can
What are aerosols made from?
- Around 60% of aerosols are made from tinplated steel
- Approx 40% are made from aluminium.
Both of these metals are recyclable. Aerosols also contain some small plastic and rubber components including the lid, valve and dip tube. These other parts are extracted in the recycling process.
Did you know?
If everyone in UK recycled 1 empty can of air freshener enough energy could be saved to run a TV in 273,000 homes for a year!