Metal tins and cans

AcceptedRejected
Food cans such as beans, soup, tomatoes and fishOther metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally
Drinks cans
Metal lids and caps from bottles and jars

Aerosols

AcceptedRejected
DeodorantsGas Canisters
Furniture PolishFire Extinguishers
Shaving Foam CanistersOther metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap generally

Foil

AcceptedRejected
Aluminium foil tops e.g. milk bottles tops and yogurt tops Foil lined crisp packets
Aluminium foil food traysFoil lined food pouches, e.g. baby food and cat food
Other metals, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans and scrap metal generally

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.

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.