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Are Shaving Cream Cans Recyclable?

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

Does your city accept aerosol shaving cream cans for recycling? Tell us in the comments below.


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  • Valentina M. 2 years ago
  • David S. 3 years ago
    I don't like to throw things in the trash that I know can be recycled, even when it is made with materials that makes it so that my recycling company won't accept it. When we empty an aerosol can it gets thrown into a bucket until there are enough and I make the time to remove the tops with the spray valves. I built a device that safely pokes a hole in the can to release any remaining propellant and then I cut off the top at the rolled edge and discard the valve. The tube is removed from the valve and I give it to my wife where uses them with some of her craft projects. The only thing the can is made of then is steel, which then goes in the recycling bin.
  • Craig N. 3 years ago
    What about a Pringles can? The plastic top and the metal bottom?
  • Olivia F. 4 years ago
  • Debbie S. 4 years ago
    I will have to ask
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