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Are Tin Cans Recyclable?

Are tin cans recyclable

Yes, steel or "tin" cans ARE recyclable. These cans used for storing fruits, vegetables, soups, beans, chilis, and more are actually made from steel (not aluminum as the name implies) and are 100% recyclable. Almost all curbside municipal recycling programs accept steel tin cans for recycling. Clean all food contents out of the 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 these soup and veggie 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!), so make sure to spread the word and recycle ALL of your tin cans.

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, as well.

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