The aerosol is a suspension made out of any substance which is bound by pressure and is released as a gas via a propellant gas. Since these are colloidal suspensions, these can be pretty hazardous to the environment. However, people have a tendency of disposing of aerosol cans of the same way they dispose of rest of the garbage, thinking they are ‘empty’. This can bear serious consequences as, even though the aerosol can may be empty, it may still have the pressure and gas inside of it. One can may not be that dangerous, but a million cans in the garbage every day can lead to a serious disaster and loss of life.
Therefore, it becomes imperious that the aerosol can be disposed properly, and not be disposed of with other non-hazardous waste. For this to be properly undertaken, there are professional aerosol disposal services that collect these aerosol cans (which may or may not be empty) and dispose of them in a way that is harmless to both human life and the environment.
The benefits of using an aerosol disposal service are: –
There may be instances where the aerosol can is not empty and has residual liquid or colloidal suspension in it. This can be harmful when depressurizing the cans as it small particles that are not visible to the naked eye may be inhaled or they can get into the eye which can cause serious damage. To avoid this, aerosol disposal services use techniques using which the cans are first emptied before treating them.
Aerosol cans are pressurized and are never empty. Even though the colloidal suspension may be exhausted, the pressure remains. A pressurized can is a dangerous object as it can explode pretty seriously with just a simple puncture. Professional aerosol disposal services deal in depressurising empty aerosol cans so that they can be recycled properly.
Aerosol cans are basically made of malleable metal sheets. These sheets may be made out of aluminum, tin or copper. After being properly emptied and depressurized, they are sent to be recycled along with metal scrap. Scrapping agencies and companies make big bucks recycling anything that has metal, which ultimately saves the country a lot of money.
Aerosol disposal services are pretty cheap for any citizen as they make money with scrapping agencies and so, ultimately, you as the user are saving big bucks. Also, mixing aerosol cans with non-hazardous waste is an illegal practice and can lead to serious fines.
In a way, you are doing the beloved environment and Mother Nature a favor. Firstly, you are not letting non-biodegradable and hazardous waste contaminate the Earth for decades to come. Secondly, with proper recycling, you are generating enough steel and metal to let Nature breathe for a while. Money spent in manufacturing steel from scratch is being saved.
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