Aerosol Cans

Alternative ways to recycle
Check Your Local Recycling Guidelines

Non-Hazardous Contents (e.g., food and cosmetics): Aerosol cans that contained food or cosmetics and that ARE COMPLETELY EMPTY are accepted by some recycling services but not by others. CLICK HERE to find your local recycling guidelines and check if this item is accepted for recycling where you live.

Hazardous Contents (e.g., paint and cleaner): Aerosol cans that contained paint, cleaner, or other hazardous substances and that ARE NOT EMPTY are accepted by some communities at household hazardous waste (HHW) collection sites or events. Aerosol cans that previously contained hazardous contents and that ARE COMPLETELY EMPTY may be accepted by local scrap metal recyclers or may need to be disposed of in the trash.

Contact your local recycling coordinator if you have additional questions about how to best manage aerosol cans in your community.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Febreze Aerosol Recycling Program

Recycle empty Febreze-branded aerosol containers through TerraCycle’s Febreze Aerosol Recycling Program.

Did You Know?

Aerosol Cans Still Aren't Green

The United States stopped using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol cans in the 1970s because they were depleting the ozone layer. Yet aerosol cans still contain chemicals that contribute to climate change, such as compressed gases and hydrocarbons.