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Division of Waste Management
Interpretation for Aerosol Cans

Incorrect information was included on our website in regards to aerosol cans.  This information was initially posted on Jan. 26, 2011 and removed on March 9, 2011. The following information replaces that information and is being provided to assist those disposing of aerosol cans. Nothing contained on this web page is to replace or alter any requirement of statute or regulation and is being provided for educational purposes only.

Aerosol cans generated by households are not regulated as a hazardous waste and may be disposed as a solid waste.

However, any person other than a household that is going to dispose of an aerosol can must make a hazardous waste determination for both the can itself, the liquid product contained in the can and the gaseous propellant in accordance with KRS Chapter 224 and 401 KAR Chapters 30-40. A scrap metal recycling exemption is contained in Kentucky’s hazardous waste regulations and may be applicable to a hazardous waste determination for aerosol cans.

If you want more information on the RCRA program, please visit the Office of Solid Waste "Contact Us" page. This page provides, among others, links to EPA's Regional Offices, State environmental offices and the RCRA Frequently Asked Questions database.