Usual suspects (what to recycle)

It’s estimated that the UK uses over half a million tonnes of metal packaging in a year. Think about it – from the baked bean tins in your kitchen cupboard to the biscuit tin in the lounge and the deodorant sitting in your bathroom cabinet - we make contact with metal packaging every day of our lives.

Top tips

  • Flatten tins and cans to save space
  • Rinse out food tins then pop the lid inside
  • Remove plastic caps from air fresheners, aerosols etc.
  • Scrunch foil into a ball to save space
  • Wipe clean and rinse foil takeaway containers

What to recycle

  • Air freshener, deodorant and shaving foam aerosols (Empty and recycle plastic lid).
  • Tins for sweets and biscuits (Wrappers in bin, the tin can be recycled).
  • Kitchen foil (Rinse the foil then scrunch it up and recycle).
  • Food tins (These are all recyclable; just give it a quick rinse (labels can be left on)).
  • Drink cans (Rinse it out).
  • Foil takeaway trays (Rinse them out so there is no left over residue).
  • Some small electrical items
  • Metal lids and caps from glass bottles and jars (It’s best to leave the lids on the tins/jars as they are easily separated from the glass to be recycled).

What not to recycle

  • No dirty foil
  • No crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • No laminated foil or plastic pouches
  • No metal containers for chemicals
  • No metal kitchenware