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Aluminum, Steel & Tin Cans

Acceptable Materials
  • Aluminum Bottles & Cans
  • Steel, Tin & Bi Metal Cans
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
Prepare for Discarding -Place in Single Stream Recycling Container
  • Empty & Rinse Tin Cans.
  • Labels can remain on cans.
  • ALL METAL CANS MUST BE EMPTY
  • Cut out ends and flatten (do not puncture aerosols)
Do Not Recycle
  • Aluminum Pans or Foil
  • Empty Paint Cans
  • Large/bulky Scrap Metal Items
Aluminum & Steel Can Recycling Facts:
  • The average aluminum can in the U.S. contains 40% post-consumer recycled aluminum
  • It requires only 5% as much energy when a can is made of recycled aluminum as compared to virgin ore
  • The lifespan of an aluminum can is 6 weeks on average: that means that the time it takes for a beverage can to be manufactured, filled, sold, recycled and remanufactured is 6 weeks on average
  • In 1994, approximately 53.1% of all steel cans and 27.8% of steel packaging materials, such as strapping, were recycled
  • The average American uses 142 steel cans per year
  • Tin cans are actually 99% steel with a thin layer of tin added to prevent rusting
  • One hundred million aluminum beverage cans are landfilled, littered or incinerated every day in the U.S. which is more than 500,000 tons of aluminum cans annually worth more than $600 million