“Wrong” is the only word that can be used to sum up our response to the article published on aerosol recycling entitled “Under Pressure” in the October/ November edition. The Recycle Systems Company Inc. has been recycling aerosols and compressed gas cylinders since 1992. After processing millions of aerosols we have yet to find the elusive “empty aerosol.” Even if all the liquid is expelled, we’ve found that 15 to 20 per cent of the propellant (propane/butane) is still left. There have been numerous incidents to date from improper processing of aerosols — WelChem in Ontario, CRI and Triple R in Montreal, Quebec, to name a few.
Also, we process aerosols received by Edmonton’s ECO Station all year round. Albertan’s have access to aerosol recycling via the “Household Hazardous Waste Round-up” program sponsored by Alberta Environment and we process these as well. Having advertised in your sister publication, Hazardous Materials Management, we find it odd that there was no recognition of the real options that exist for aerosol recycling in Canada.
The Recycle Systems Company Inc. is a strong supporter of recycling initiatives and legislation but we are also committed to addressing the real hazards of aerosols.
The Recycle Systems