Many thanks to one of our readers who posted comments about her company‘s aerosol spray can puncturing and capturing equipment that has been certified by US EPA and California’s DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control). I encourage our readers to visit her website to learn more about her product.
In California, the state legislature’s SB1158 – enacted several years ago – addressed the issue of on-site treatment of aerosol spray cans. The state law re-classified non-empty aerosol cans as universal wastes if they are to be recycled. It allows waste generators to use state certified equipment to puncture spray cans and recover their contents without having to obtain an on-site treatment permit.
The provisions of SB 1158 were codified in the California Health and safety Code HSC 25201.16. Under this code, the users of such equipment must notify their CUPA (Certified Unified Program Agency) in person or in writing prior to “processing” their non-empty cans. They must also have documented proof that they have trained their employees on how to properly operate such equipment. There are also labeling and storage requirements for the cans and disposal requirements for the recovered contents.
DTSC has produced a fact sheet that addresses all of the regulatory requirements stated above.
Always check with your state agencies. Many states have more stringent requirements.