Aerosols As Universal Waste Rule Tracking Matrix

Updated: March 8, 2021

Aerosol cans are widely used for dispensing a broad range of products including paints, solvents, pesticides, food and personal care products, and many others. According to the EPA, aerosol cans can account for nearly 40 percent of retail items that are managed as hazardous waste at large retail facilities. In 2019, the EPA added hazardous waste aerosol cans to the federal universal waste list, which allows generators to manage the cans with the less burdensome universal waste requirements. State are not required to implement this rule change. This matrix tracks state implementation of this rule with information on the state process where relevant.

The overview provided in this table is for informational purposes only. Because of the summary nature of the table, it cannot capture all the nuances of the relevant regulations. It may therefore be important to consult the regulations directly and/or to seek legal advice on particular issues as they may arise.


  • Green - Adopted the EPA Final Rule or listed aerosol cans as Universal Waste prior to the Federal Final Rule
  • Red - Categories of aerosols listed as Universal Waste prior to the Federal Final Rule
  • Yellow - A timeline for adoption has been announced/shared
  • Grey - No timeline for adoption has been announced/shared
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Matrix

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