US Ecology launches new aerosol recycling system

US Ecology has become the first and only US firm to offer Aerosol Recycling Technology (ART), a 100% sustainable solution for aerosol waste.

The ART system, developed exclusively with DeSpray Environmental, uses state-of-the-art, patent-pending technologies to produce recyclable metal, reusable alternative fuels and liquid fuels.

According to US Ecology, the ART system is unique because it completely captures and compresses the gas propellant into purified recyclable liquid fuel, similar to liquid petroleum gas, for resale opportunities to support a circular economy.

Additional recyclable or reusable by-products of aerosol cans that run through the system include recyclable metal bricks and product compressed into reusable alternative fuel. US Ecology’s fully enclosed process is also equipped with complete carbon capture and oxygen monitoring sensors to protect the environment and the health and safety of staff.

Eelco Osse, CEO of DeSpray Environmental, said: “DeSpray is excited to have formed an exclusive technical partnership with US Ecology and to be part of such a leading-edge recycling campaign in the US.

“While earlier technologies in the market recycle portions of the aerosol can or its components, only ART is proven to effectively capture and recycle or reuse 100% of the can, whether empty or filled.”

“ART is an example of US Ecology’s ongoing commitment to identifying innovative, sustainable solutions for our customers to help them achieve their waste reduction goals and protect the environment,” said US Ecology’s executive vice-president and COO, Simon Bell.

“The launch of the ART system is an exciting culmination of many team members’ hard work and dedication over the last few years, as well as mutually beneficial partnerships with equally environmentally-conscious companies.”

US Ecology’s first ART unit celebrated its first run earlier in the summer and since been operating 24/7 from its facility in Nevada. The company is looking at opportunities to expand across its treatment and service facilities.

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