that could hold a liquid. I learned this first-hand in my visit to the smelter in upstate New York. I, along a couple of industry colleagues, learned of the catastrophic result of putting any contained liquid into one of the furnaces, where it explodes. Observations & conclusions Many towns in the U.S. do accept aerosols into the recycling stream. Some places, such as Austin, TX, designate aerosols as Household Hazardous Waste. My observation is that representatives of municipalities, MRFs, sellers and haulers of recycled metals are more concerned about aerosols with product still in the can and less concerned with empty aerosols. Used aerosol cans contain a valuable commodity in steel and aluminum. Once introduced to the recycling stream, they get mixed in very well with used beverage cans (UBCs), soup cans, steel parts and more. The message of “Recycle Your Empty Aerosol Can” is being spread to many places. The SRI logo shouts it out. A grassroots recycling promotion was started by the Eastern Aerosol Association in 2004, featuring The Aerosol Can Race at minor league baseball games. It was picked up by the Midwest Aerosol Association (MAA) and the Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA) and has now reached over six million people. The unified message is: Aerosol cans can be recycled. Recycle your empty aerosol can. Check with your community to see if they accept aerosols. If not, ask why. Visit your local MRF. Spread the word on about recycling one by one. As the late American businessman Sy Syms said in his commercials, “An educated consumer is our best customer.” Spray September 2014 Spray 21 The Aerosol Cans greet baseball fans and the Kane County Cougars mascot before their big race in Geneva, IL to help promote aerosol recycling. The can race venue has since been changed to that of the Schaumberg Boomers in Schaumberg, IL.
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