Water Quality District - Hazardous Waste
What Makes Them Hazardous?
Aerosol sprays, such as cleaners, furniture polishes, deodorants, and air fresheners, contain an active ingredient and a liquid or gaseous propellant that is packed under at least 40 pounds of pressure per square inch. When heated or compacted, an aerosol container can explode. Aerosols pose a threat to waste haulers and other sanitation workers. Aerosols also pose additional health and safety concerns via the inhalation of the fine particles emitted.
- Do not store aerosols in direct sunlight, car trunks, near furnaces, stoves, or other ignition source, which may cause an explosion.
- Avoid breathing any aerosol products emitted; stand out of the way of the sprayed mist. (Exception to this advice is for bronchial or asthma medication dispensed by aerosol sprays.)
- Keep away from children.
- Give Away: Give to someone who can use it up.
- Trash: If completely empty (contents and propellants), aerosols are okay to put into the trash.
The Residential Disposal Guide is provided by the Missoula Valley Water Quality District as a public service and is not an endorsement of specific businesses, services or products. Any omissions or inaccuracies are unintentional. Please contact us with corrections or additions. Call businesses or agencies to confirm hours, locations and charges for services, if any. For information on disposal of items not listed, email or call the Water Quality District at 406-258-4890, M - F, 8 am to 5 pm.
Much of the information provided is from the Washington County, MN, Dept. of Public Health and Environment website.
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