Recycle for Scotland

What to do with aerosol cans?

27 DEC 21 | 1 minute read

Did you know that aerosol cans are widely recycled?

Household recycling collection

Recycling facilities exist

Most local authorities in Scotland collect aerosols via your household recycling collection - this may also be described as your kerbside collection. Aerosols are normally recycled alongside metals.

If you are unsure which bin or container this is, check with your local authority.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Recycling facilities exist

Check with your local authority to locate your nearest household waste recycling centre.

What can you do?

  1. Make sure that your aerosol is completely empty before you recycle it.

  2. Aerosols can be stored for a long time - there’s no need to throw out a half-empty can, even if you haven't used it for a while.

  3. Do NOT pierce, crush or flatten the aerosol before recycling.

  4. Detach any loose or easily removable parts, such as the lid, and dispose of them with general waste.

Recycling is constantly evolving so check back for updates or use the Recycling Sorter to find out what items can be recycled at home in your council area. It even tells you which colour of bin to put them in!

For help recycling away from home, try our Recycling Locator. It uses your postcode to find your local household waste recycling centre or community recycling points and explains what you can recycle and dispose of at them.