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Because You Asked: Are Shaving Cream Cans Recyclable?

Written by Recyclebank .

Here’s what to do with those aerosol shaving cream cans.

Dear Recyclebank,

I was wondering… can I recycle shaving cream cans in the regular recycle bins?

-Jill C.

Dear Jill,

Aerosol shaving cream cans are recyclable because they are made out of steel and aluminum, which are both infinitely recyclable. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your local recycling facility accepts them, especially since aerosol cans are pressurized and can be dangerous to waste workers. Some cities may accept aerosol cans separately, with other aluminum recyclables, or not at all. Before you toss it in your recycle bin, call your waste hauler or your city’s solid waste coordinator to verify aerosol cans are accepted. If they do accept aerosol shaving cream cans, ensure clean, safe recycling by using up all the contents inside and removing the lid so that contents in the nozzle can dry.

Steel Recycling Institute
Consumer Aerosol Products Council

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