The University of Iowa

Universal Waste - Aerosol Cans

Printable Label Template (Large)

Printable Label Template (Small)

 

Procedure

This procedure applies to the disposal of certain hazardous wastes regulated by the U.S. EPA as universal waste. Universal waste aerosol can means a non-refillable receptacle containing a gas compressed, liquified, or dissolved under pressure, the sole purpose of which is to expel a liquid, paste, or powder and fitted with a self-closing release device allowing the contents to be ejected by the gas. This procedure applies to full, partially full, and presumed empty aerosol cans.

Contact Information 

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Jim Pyrz or 335-4625

 

Containers

  • It is not required to place individual aerosol cans into a secondary container.  Multiple aerosol cans may be placed in a box or other type of larger container.
  • Container must be capable of being closed so that no material can fall out.
  • EHS may supply drums to areas that need to dispose of large numbers of aerosol cans.
  • Contact EHS for assistance with selection of containers.

 

Labeling and Marking

  • Generators of aerosol cans must attach a University of Iowa “Universal Waste-Aerosol Can(s)” label to the container.
  • A large label is available for use on bags, boxes, or drums of aerosol cans.  A small label is available for individual aerosol cans.
  • Mark on the label the date the first aerosol can is placed in the container, or, if using the small label, the date the aerosol can is intended for disposal.
  • Mark on the label the name of the building where the aerosol cans are stored.
  • Contact EHS to obtain labels.

 

Storage

  • Containers must be kept closed at all times, except when adding aerosol cans to container.
  • When appropriate, use secondary containment to prevent spills.

 

Disposal

  • Containers of aerosol cans must not be stored for longer than 11 months.
  • Contact Environmental Health & Safety for pickup not more than 11 months after the date the first aerosol can is placed in the container, regardless of whether the container is full or not.
  • For removal, submit a chemical waste pickup request to EHS using the online form.

 

Leaking Aerosol Cans

  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Contact Environmental Health & Safety for questions on spill cleanup.
  • Place leaking aerosol can into a separate container from non-broken/non-leaking aerosol cans.
  • Spill residues are also hazardous waste.
  • Label containers with hazardous waste labels supplied by Environmental Health & Safety.
  • For removal, submit a chemical waste pickup request to EHS using the online form.