In a final rule signed on November 15, 2019, America Recycles Day, EPA added aerosol cans to the list of materials that can be managed under the universal waste management system. The simplified structure of the universal waste program will help improve regulatory compliance, make aerosol can collection more economical and facilitate the environmentally sound recycling of this common waste stream.
EPA anticipates that this final rule will promote greater consistency for the regulated community as several states already include aerosol cans in their universal waste programs. The final rule offers a more uniform, nationwide handling system and furthers our effective partnerships with states and tribes by making it easier for other states to add this waste stream to their universal waste programs. Additionally, EPA expects that this regulatory change will reduce the quantity of waste aerosol cans going to municipal solid waste landfills or waste combustors by promoting their collection and recycling.
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