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Aerosolv® and Prosolv® Recycling System: Safest Way to Recycle Aerosol Cans

One of the most common solid wastes collected from disposal bins are beverage cans. Since these cans are made of aluminum, melting them into aluminum sheets and remaking them into new cans is easy. After a 60-day recycling process, these solid wastes are once again put up on the shelf as new beverage cans.

There are also other aluminum containers that can be recycled to maximize their potential use. Aerosol spray cans are made of aluminum, which makes them highly reusable. However, aerosol cans must first undergo a clearing process before they can get recycled. Aerosols mostly contain carbon dioxide, propane, solvents, butane and other chemical liquids compressed as gaseous products. Some of these compressed gases also contain Chlorofluorocarbon or CFC, which damages the earth's ozone layer and contributes to the greenhouse effect.

Even if they are emptied out through normal use, there's a possibility that flammable components remain inside the cans. Some aerosols like pesticides and solvents have high toxic contents; inhalation or exposure to toxic substances can cause skin, respiratory, digestion, and organ problems. Propane and butane canisters are also highly flammable.

Under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), used aerosol cans may be recycled if they have been emptied, punctured and drained free of any liquid components. To properly clean these cans, the Aerosolv® and Prosolv® aerosol and propane can recycling systems must be used. These machines safely puncture pressurized aerosol cans to free them of remaining residues. A 55-gallon drum contains and eliminates residues by using an activated carbon cartridge, which contains 1 ¼ pounds of activated carbon. This saves the environment from harsh CFC emissions.

Aerosolv® and Prosolv® have similar recycling mechanisms, although they only vary between the type of propellants they collect. Aerosolv® collects common aerosols such as hairsprays, deodorizers, paint and cleaning agents while Prosolv® deals mostly with propane canisters. These different chemicals must be separated to prevent dangerous chemical reactions that may result in explosions or fires.

Using the Aerosolv® and Prosolv® recycling systems is safe and easy. The puncturing system is directly attached to the drum's 2 inch bung, which instantly contains the residual liquids. The 55-gallon drum can hold residues from 4,000 emptied aerosol cans. These aerosol and propane can recycling systems can save companies from buying new aluminum cans. The Aerosolv® and Prosolv® recycling systems are one of the solutions that address environmental and industrial concerns such as the greenhouse effect and the safety of recycling empty aerosol spray cans.

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