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Despray Environmental Achieves Recycling Milestone: Half a Billion Aerosol Cans Recycled

Despray Environmental Achieves Recycling Milestone: Half a Billion Aerosol Cans Recycled
25 Feb 2024  |
Despray Environmental, the world leader in aerosol recycling technology, proudly announces a monumental achievement. The combined efforts of DeSpray cofounders Mike MacKay and Eelco Osse, over the last 25 years, have resulted in 560 million + aerosol cans being 100% recycled and removed from the waste stream. This accomplishment highlights Despray's commitment to environmental sustainability and its success in pioneering advanced recycling technologies. These ongoing efforts are currently responsible for 260 cans per second and rising with every Despray system that is commissioned.

Under the visionary leadership of co-founders Mackay and Osse, the crucial need for innovative environmental solutions for “end of life” spray cans is now a reality. Despray has set a global benchmark in waste management of aerosol cans. Their collaborative efforts have not only significantly minimized environmental hazards and also positioned Despray as a global frontrunner in sustainable practices.

“Our achievements reflect our dedication to creating a sustainable future by recycling 100% of aerosol cans and their contents. Not only does our technology capture the metal but it also captures the liquid contents and propellant gasses for further waste to energy solutions,” said Eelco Osse. “Working alongside Mike Mackay, we have transformed aerosol recycling from a previous unsafe, unrecyclable waste stream to a safe and 100% recyclable waste stream. Eliminating these greenhouse gasses from entering our atmosphere contributes to a more sustainable planet.”  Every spray can counts!

Despray’s half of a billion milestone of recycled aerosols is more than a numerical achievement. It represents a steadfast commitment to reducing the environmental impact of aerosol waste which has otherwise been unchecked. As Despray continues to innovate this technology and expand its influence, it remains focused on leading the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Currently, the recycling rate of aerosol cans is extremely low. The combination of mixed hazardous waste and potentially explosive propellants has made this waste stream almost impossible to recycle safely in the past. As a result, the environment has taken the impact of this previously unrecyclable product.

“Aerosols along with their contents and propellants can and should be recycled safely and efficiently. We just need the will and motivation to change the public mindset and industry practices.”  Mackay says. Stay tuned and follow Despray for more upcoming technology breakthroughs.

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