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Aerosol cans contain liquid or gas propellant, packed under pressure. These cans can explode under certain conditions. Full or partially filled cans are potentially dangerous, and may explode if exposed to heat or punctured, by compacting in a garbage truck, for example. Protect your waste hauler by properly disposing of aerosol cans.
Consider using refillable pump spray bottles as an alternative to aerosol cans. They reduce packaging waste, eliminate the possibility of explosion, and can stretch your budget when you buy product in concentrate form. For more tips on reducing waste visit Reduce.org, a service of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Before disposing, check to see if aerosol cans are empty. Whether they are empty or still have product in them will determine how you need to dispose of them.
If the aerosol cans are empty, check with your hauler to see if they accept them for recycling. If your hauler accepts them, put empty aerosol cans out with the rest of your curbside recycling. If not, place empties in the trash.
If you have leftover product, decide what to do with it. Sometimes, using up the contents according to label directions may make sense. But beware! In addition to the hazardous propellant, the product may be a hazardous chemical that should only be used sparingly.
Take aerosol cans that still have product in them to your county household hazardous waste collection site. To find the collection site nearest you, contact your county's solid waste management office or go to the Household Hazardous Waste page.
Wed. 12 PM – 7 PM Thur. 12 PM – 6 PM Fri. 10 AM – 4 PM Sat. 8 AM – 12 PM
Wed. 12 PM – 7 PM Thur. 11 AM – 5 PM Sat. 8 AM – 12 PM
Thur. 1/1 Sat. 5/23 Sat. 7/4 Sat. 9/5 Wed. 11/11 Thur. 11/26 Fri. 11/27 Sat. 11/28 Thur. 12/24 Sat. 12/26
Does not Accept:
► Business hazardous waste ► Construction & demolition debris ► Furniture ► Mattresses & box springs ► Trash/garbage ► Wood (other than tree debris)
April - October: Tue. - Fri. 11 AM - 6 PM Sat. 9 AM - 4 PM
November: Thu. - Fri. 11 AM - 6 PM Sat. 9 AM - 4 PM
December - March: Fri. 11 AM - 6 PM Sat. 9 AM - 4 PM
Seasonal collection sites
April – Maplewood
May – Arden Hills
June – Roseville
July – Arden Hills
August – Saint Paul
September – State Fairgrounds
October - Maplewood
Details on additional locations and hours can be found on Ramsey County's website, or call 651-633-EASY (3279) for locations and hours.
Accepts bulbs for recycling for free.
Accepts household hazardous waste for free.
HHW Reuse Room for residents to take and use products that are still good.