Waste Aerosols

IMDG Code Compliance Centre

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.

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 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 dangerous…

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