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Lower Colorado River Authority

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Aerosol Can Disposal

Industry: Energy Production

Wastes Reduced: Solid Waste

Substance: Aerosol Cans

Equipment: Depressurization

Location: La Grange TX

No. of employees: 350

Contact: Gail Byler

Phone: (409) 249-8426


Aerosol cans are considered hazardous waste when under pressure and containing product residue. In 1994, to better manage aerosols, three Aerosolv brand aerosol can puncturing units were purchased. This enabled the facility to puncture aerosol cans, capture the residue for disposal, filter emissions through a charcoal filter, and recycle the empty can as scrap metal.

P2 Application:

The Aerosolv aerosol can puncturing unit was a newly marketed technology in 1994 as a response to industrial waste management requirements.

Environmental Benefits:

As a result of the aerosol can puncturing, an estimated 307 pounds of hazardous waste is reduced per year. The empty aerosol can is recycled as scrap metal which contributes to the total revenue from scrap metal sales.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

The estimated savings total approximately $3,230 per year with a payback period of 0.7 years.

Source: TCEQ

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