ENVIRONMENT AGENCY CONCERNED OVER WRONG CLASSIFICATION OF WASTE
Legislation currently in place means that the end-user has to decide on whether or not their waste is Hazardous. Pre-treatment of aerosols using our specialist equipment means that you will be able to safely remove both gas and product from the cans. The gas is filtered through the carbon filters and once left to air dry any solvent will evaporate and any minute mix residues will also dry and providing the product has not contained any ingredient on the REACH Dangerous Substances list over the concentration noted then you can recycle the can as Metal Packaging. (Google- Commission Regulation (EC) No 552/2009)
Reference also Environment Agency Hazardous waste: Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste (3rd Editions 2013)
This does not make compliance very easy but we have a list of Marking Sprays that do not contain any hazardous product and therefore the use will make the decision to classify the pre-treated aerosols as Metal Packaging 15 01 04. Other products check the MSDS sheet against the REACH Listing before purchasing and this way you will ensure that correct compliance is achieved.
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If any further information is required please contact us on 01691 670891 for some assistance
RECYCLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OF YOUR WASTE ARISINGS
WASTE IN ONE INDUSTRY IS A RESOURCE TO ANOTHER
SAFETY WARNING – NEVER EVER TRY TO CRUSH UNTREATED AEROSOLS USING CONVENTIONAL CAN CRUSHERS, BALERS ETC.
An aerosol can cannot be relieved of pressure through normal use.
Even when “empty”, the retained propellant can react to heat or pressure when crushed or baled. With our system, you can safely puncture the aerosol can, relieve the pressure, and collect any residual liquids. By recycling the punctured aerosol cans, you will eliminate an entire category of waste from your waste stream. Assists your compliance with ISO 14001.
The Potential for Recycling:
Each year, the UK uses around 600 million aerosols. On average, that’s 10 cans per person or 27 cans per household. Aerosols account for 4% of the metals packaging stream. We estimate that there are about 25,000 tonnes of tin plated steel and 4,500 tonnes of high grade aluminium available from recycling aerosol in the UK.
Our Aerosol Recycling & Piercing Equipment is already being used effectively by the following companies as part of their commitment to sound Environmental Practice: