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It’s estimated that the UK uses over ½ 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.

So what happens next – are the likes of food tins, drink cans and household foil destined for landfill? According to Solihull these everyday items from around your home can be recycled over and over without the quality of the material being affected. And that’s not all – once collected for recycling it takes just 60 days for the likes of drink cans, biscuit tins, foil takeaway containers and air fresheners to be back on our shelves. Talk about the putting pedal to the metal!

Let’s think about this for a second. Just 60 days ago the foil you used to wrap your sandwiches could have been a can of coke. And it’s not just the usual suspects like drink cans – how about more The Unusual Suspects like pet food tins and foil takeaway trays. Just think – the tin of tuna you used to make those sandwiches could have started life as the foil that wrapped your sandwiches! It’s not just items in the kitchen either – check out our top 7 metal recycling wins from around your home…

The 7 Top Metal Immortals (and how to manage them)

  1. Air freshener, deodorant and shaving foam aerosols

Ensure they’re empty and remove the plastic lid if there is one (before recycling it separately).

  1. Tins for biscuits

Any foil sweet wrappers, plastic wrapping or crumbs should go in the bin but the tin they came in can be recycled (make sure you eat all the goodies inside first!)

  1. Kitchen foil

Give it a rinse to remove any crumbs or residue then scrunch it into a ball to save space in your recycling bin.

  1. Food tins

Whether for chopped tomatoes, tuna or even pet food these are all recyclable. Just give it a quick rinse to remove any residue and leave the lid inside. Labels can be left on.

  1. Drink cans

Empty out the last drops and give it a quick rinse.

  1. Foil takeaway trays

Empty out any leftovers (perhaps for breakfast?) and give it a quick rinse to remove any residue.

  1. Metal lids and caps from glass bottles and jars

Although it sounds strange, it is best to leave them on the empty glass container they came from. The caps and lids are easily separated from the glass and go on to be recycled. Winner!


To find out more about how tins and cans are recycled in Solihull. Plus for a whole host of tips and advice on recycling visit

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Home composting is another way to help the environment and your garden.

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