Sustainability means taking a closer look at everything we do.
Chicago Aerosol meets and exceeds industry standard guidelines for responsible sustainability practices, and that diligence extends to our relationships with vendors, suppliers and even customers. The purchasing of components and the formulation of products, the use of post-consumer content and recycled material, and the management and disposal of waste are all carried out with the utmost respect for the environment.
Aerosol cans are one of the most environmentally compatible forms of packaging
Aerosol cans are one of the most environmentally compatible forms of packaging. When recycled, aluminum and steel maintain their inherent properties. As a result, metal cans can be infinitely recycled into new metal products. On average, steel aerosol cans contain 25-32 % recycled material.
Internally, we subject the material we work with to very specific rules and regulations relating to waste and its disposal. Scrap filled aerosol cans are delivered to a partner that recycles the contents as source fuel for cement. Flammable liquid is used as a secondary fuel for an incinerator licensed for such use. The majority of scrap and packaging materials are recycled or returned to the vendor.
We actively work to expand and improve our green practices, and the quality of our products is never compromised. Agendas in place include:
- Recycling cardboard packaging
- Recycling aluminum and steel aerosol cans
- Recycling plastic waste
- Recycling lead batteries
- Recycling electronic devices
- Use of reclaimed product from the filling process
- Recycling wooden pallets
- Recycling steel, plastic and fiber drums
- Recycling both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from maintenance items
- Recycling office paper and publications
- Use of T8 efficient fluorescent lamps
- Use of electronic frequency drives for motors
- Use of computerized combustion analysis for burner control
- Off-specification filled aerosol cans are use as fuel for concrete manufacturing
- Use of air knives and air jets to reduce compressed air consumption
- Continuing analysis of alternative energy methods (wind, solar)
- Use of infrared thermography to identify heat build up or loss
- Formulate products that are VOC responsible
- Air monitoring at production facilities
- Reclamation of product and propellant
- Line scheduling to reduce scrap
- Use of nitrogen blanketing to reduce emissions
- Use of floating roof tanks to reduce VOC emissions