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Are Soup Cans Recyclable?

are soup cans recyclable

Yes, soup cans ARE recyclable.

Soup cans are made from steel (though often referred to as "tin cans").  They are easily recycled and are generally accepted by curbside municiple recycling programs. Clean all food contents out of the soup can before placing it in the recycling bin.  It is no longer necessary to remove the label from the tin can prior to recycling.

Not only are soup cans recyclable, but recycling steel saves at least 75% of the energy it would take to create steel from raw materials. (That's enough energy to power 18 million homes!)

Thanks to newer can openers which leave smooth edges on the top of your cans, there are many ways you can reuse soup cans around the house.

  1. Make cute storage containers (see video below).
  2. Make a toy drum.
  3. Tin can train.
  4. Tin can lantern.