Tins, cans and foil recycling

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Tins, cans and foil recycling

Metal tins and cans

Yes please!

The following list shows examples of the different types of food and drinks cans and tins that can go into your green recycling bin.

  • Food cans such as beans, soup, tomatoes and fish 
  • Drinks cans
  • Metals lids and caps from bottles and jars

Please remember to wash your cans and tins, but don't squash them completely.

No thanks!

  • Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

 

Aerosols

Yes please!

The following list includes examples of the different types of aerosols that can go into your green recycling bin.

  • Deodorants
  • Furniture Polish
  • Shaving Foam Canisters 

Please ensure all aerosols are empty and please do not pierce or squash them.

No thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in the recycling bin:

  • Gas Canisters
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

 

Foil

Yes please!

The following list shows the types of aluminium foil that can be put loose into your green recycling bin.

  • Aluminium foil tops e.g. milk bottles tops and yogurt tops
  • Aluminium foil food trays

Please remember to wash your foil.  If you are not sure if an item is made of just foil, try the following test:

  • Squash the foil, does it bounce back?

No - put it in your green recycling bin

Yes - it is not the foil we want and should be placed in your rubbish bin.

No thanks!

We are unable to accept the following materials in your green recycling bin.

  • Foil lined crisp packets
  • Foil lined food pouches, e.g. baby food and cat food
  • Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

 

Metal Contaminants

Foil wrapping

e.g. crisp packets/cat food pouches - these are actually made from foil lined with plastic so they are not currently recyclable. To test for foil; screw it up, if it stays crumpled then this is purely foil and can be recycled.

Plastic bags

Please do not place your metal items in carrier bags as this slows down the recycling process and leaves the reprocessor with additional contaminants to dispose of. Carrier bags are now being recycled by Sainsbury's, Tesco and some of the other main supermarkets. You can also recycle thin plastic film at these supermarkets (please check at your local stores). Crisp packets are unfortunately not made from recyclable material and must therefore be placed in your waste bin.

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