Aluminum Dust Disposal

Recently, a collision repair professional called to Ask I-CAR, "How is aluminum dust disposed of after it has been collected in a sparkless motor vacuum?"

For the answer, we turned to a safety data sheet (SDS) for 100% pure aluminum dust. That research yielded some important information you should know about personal protection, when working with aluminum dust.

You’re already likely aware that aluminum dust can be flammable, especially when damp. Because of this, it’s important to store aluminum dust in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. If a spill results, it should be cleaned immediately using appropriate personal protective equipment, including safety glasses or goggles, gloves, and a respirator. Aluminum dust is an eye and skin irritant. If your skin comes in contact with the aluminum dust, you should immediately flush the skin with plenty of water. If your eyes come in contact with the aluminum dust, immediately flush with water for at least 15 minutes, and get medical aid.

When it comes time to dispose of the aluminum dust, we found that there are no specific requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would make aluminum dust a hazardous material. For proper disposal, check your local, and state, regulations for any special disposal requirements. Some regulations may allow for aluminum dust to be disposed of in a landfill.

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