The container that an aerosol product comes in is made either from steel (about 75%) or aluminum (about 25%). Post-consumer metal cans (food, beverage, paint and aerosol products) are in demand because they are made of steel or aluminum, both of which are valuable and can be recycled infinitely without the metal breaking-down or compromising the quality. In fact, today’s steel aerosol cans contain an average of 25 percent recycled content.
Check with your local recycling coordinator, local municipality or aluminum collection site for details in your area. Many recyclers and community recycling officials are simply not aware that the U.S. EPA recommends that all aerosol containers (including pesticide containers) be recycled once they are empty.