How to safely puncture spray cans for recycling

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How to safely puncture spray cans for recycling
Safely puncturing and evacuating the gasses in aerosol cans will allow you to recycle them. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Spray cans, known also as aerosol cans, can take up space in your work area. Empty spray cans can be recycled after they have been completely evacuated of their gasses. Some spray cans include warnings on their labels advising against puncturing the body of the can. If you are warned not to puncture the body of an aerosol can, you should try to evacuate all the gasses through the spray can nozzle. In most states, you can discard empty spray cans in your trash or place them in a recycling bin for recycling.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Aerosol can puncture device
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Long piece of wood
  • Hammer
  • Nail

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Instructions

    Aerosol Can Puncturing Device

  1. 1

    Acquire an aerosol can puncturing device. If you do not know someone who has an aerosol can puncturing device, you can purchase one online. The device can be expensive.

  2. 2

    Put on safety glasses and a dust mask. The glasses will prevent gasses from coming in direct contact with your eyes, and the dust mask will help filter out harmful chemicals when you breathe.

  3. 3

    Load the can into the device.

  4. 4

    Seal the can in the device and puncture the can using the puncturing function.

  5. 5

    Evacuate all the gasses in the chamber and open the device.

    Without Using an Aresol Can Puncturing Device

  1. 1

    Put on safety glasses and a dust mask. The glasses will prevent gasses from coming in direct contact with your eyes, and the dust mask will help filter out harmful chemicals while you breathe.

  2. 2

    Evacuate the gasses of the aerosol can. Spray the contents using the nozzle until the gasses are completely evacuated. Spray the contents of the can away from yourself or anyone else around you.

  3. 3

    Hammer a nail into the end of a long board. The board should be long to ensure that you keep a safe distance away from the can.

  4. 4

    Place the aerosol can on the ground away from anyone else. Puncture the can from a safe distance by hitting it with the board and nail. This may take several attempts.

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