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Recycling: metal packaging


Types of metal packaging you can recycle

Yes please

  • ​drinks cans, food tins (put tin lids inside the tin)
  • biscuit and chocolate tins and their lids
  • aerosols (remove plastic caps and recycle with plastics)
  • metal lids, for example jam jar lids
  • aluminium foil
  • aluminium foil and take-away trays
  • aluminium tubes, for example tomato puree (remove plastic caps)

No thanks

  • ​laminated foil, for example cat food and coffee pouches that spring back when you scrunch them
  • crisp and sweet packets or wrappers
  • metal containers for chemicals, for example white spirits, paints or engine oils
  • general kitchen ware for example cutlery, pots and pans
  • other metal items for example kettles, irons, pipes, large household appliances

How you can recycle metal packaging

Rinse or wipe off any food residue from the metal packing before recycling it.

Scrunch your aluminium foil together to form a ball.

You can recycle metal packaging at various recycling points. Some parishes also offer kerbside recycling for metal packaging.

Where you can dispose of metal packaging

How you can reuse metal packaging

Food trays can be reused again or for school craft projects.
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Good to know

  • recycled metal is separated into aluminium and steel. Then it's sent to the UK to be melted down and processed to create new cans or other metal goods
  • do the scrunch test to check whether your shiny wrapper is aluminium foil or plastic film. Scrunch the wrapper in your hand. If it springs back open it’s not recyclable and you should put it in your general waste

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