Originally posted on A Safe place for Dangerous Goods:

From deodorants to asthma inhalers to shaving foams to cooking sprays to insecticides, Aerosol cans has made our lives easier with its simple release mechanism.

Aerosol Spray Can

Aerosol Spray Can (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Invented by Erik Rotheim a Norwegian chemical engineer this simple but very efficient release mechanism of aerosol is unchanged in operational design since its introduction.

What happens when an aerosol can exhausts its content or is damaged? It ends up as waste. Most of the aerosol cans are hazardous waste as it still contain residue of its content and propellant. Some may be flammable, some corrosive, some toxic.

There are two special provisions assigned to entry UN 1950 AEROSOL in IMDG Code for transport conditions of WASTE AEROSOLS

Special Provision 327

Waste aerosols consigned in accordance with 5.4.1.4.3.3 may be transported under this entry for the purposes of reprocessing or disposal. They need not be protected against inadvertent discharge provided that measures to prevent…

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Salman Zafar is a renowned expert in waste management, renewable energy and sustainable development. He is the Founder of EcoMENA, a Doha-based organization meant to promote sustainable development and create environmental awareness in MENA countries. Salman possesses Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh, India) and has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects, mainly in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy and solid waste management. Salman is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on clean energy technologies and waste management systems through his websites, blogs and articles. He has participated in various international conferences as session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is a prolific writer and has authored numerous articles in reputed journals, magazines and newsletters on renewable energy and environmental issues. He is based in India and can be reached at salman@bioenergyconsult.com or salman@ecomena.org

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