What should I do with my empty aerosol cans? (With Bonus Video)

Empty aerosol spray cans, including those for food, air fresheners, shaving cream, hairspray and textile sprays are included in a provincial recycling program, managed by Recycle BC. To ensure that any excess residue is eliminated, hold down the can's nozzle and spray out the contents into an old rag until you do not hear any sound, not even air. Once the aerosol can is empty, many municipalities accept these items in the curbside recycling bin. For residents who do not have this option, these cans can be recycled free of charge at a number of recycling depots across the province. For more information on this program, visit the Recycle BC website, or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

The Recycle BC recycling program does not include aerosol cans for paint, or for flammable solvents such as WD-40. Spray cans that contain these liquids are included in a different recycling program through an organization called Product Care Recycling. For more information on this program, visit the Product Care Recycling website or call the Recycling Hotline.

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