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How to safely dispose of aerosol cans and spray paint

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Dispose of it safely - Household Hazardous Waste Drop-offs

Empty and full aerosol cans and CO2 cartridges are accepted in the Household Hazardous Waste Program, free of charge*. Cans do not have to be punctured or crushed before disposal.

Aerosol cans and CO2 cartridges are NOT accepted in black carts, blue carts or at community recycling depots.

Common household aerosols accepted include:

  • spray paint
  • WD-40 oil
  • spray foam
  • Pam cooking oil spray
  • hairspray
  • shaving cream spray
  • Off bug spray
  • whip cream spray

* Note, charges will apply at the Throw 'n' Go for mixed loads containing more than just household hazardous waste.


Dispose of it safely

Businesses require a permit for disposal of aerosol cans. Cans must be punctured or crushed, and charges apply. Contact 311 for more information.

Contractors with large commercial volumes of aerosol cans must contact a Waste Broker for disposal. Look in the Yellow Pages under "Industrial Waste Disposal & Reduction Service" for a listing.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

Aerosol cans and spray paint

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