Despite the fact that we as a nation are getting better at recycling, there is still a significant amount of recyclable metal going to landfill. Only an estimated 70% of <span style="color: rgb(0, 176, 240);">aluminium foil</span> is recycled globally1, and a large number of items that end up in the trash could have been recycled. Aluminium foil is aluminum produced in thin metal leaves with a thickness of less than 0.2mm (7.9 mils) (7.9 mils). Here we are bringing you the best tips and tricks on recycling the aluminium foil packaging.
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When recycled properly, <span style="color: rgb(0, 176, 240);">packaging aluminium foil</span> can be put back on the shelf as soon as 60 days after they are thrown away. Did you know that if you put items in the recycling bin that don't belong there, or if they're dirty, they contaminate the entire batch, and everything has to be thrown away?
As a precaution, we've put together a helpful guide on how to properly recycle your metals.
Rinse and repeat the process. All metal containers that have had food in them will require a thorough cleaning. The best way to do this is in hot soapy water, especially if you're dealing with tins of beans because the saucy liquid can stick to them. Drink cans will also need to be cleaned, but this is a simple task that can be accomplished with a little water to ensure that they are not sticky or that they do not have drinks residue on them that will contaminate the recycling. Some items have a small 'rinse' symbol next to the symbol, indicating that they should be washed before being thrown away.
<span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 176, 240);">Remove any non-recyclable components.
</span></span>Any non-recyclable parts of items, such as nozzles on cans, will need to be removed because they can contaminate the entire batch of recycling. Products will have symbols on them that indicate whether or not they can be recycled, as well as whether or not any parts of them can be recycled, so always check the labels.
<span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 176, 240);">Avoid stacking or squashing.</span></span>
Cans should not be stacked inside other items, and items should not be stacked inside each other; instead, each item should be placed in its own bin. Many people squash items in order to make more space in their garbage can; plastic bottles, for example, can usually be squashed, but cans should not be squashed. It is possible that when cans are squashed, they will be difficult to sort, and they may end up being sorted as paper at the facility, contaminating a whole batch of other recyclable materials.
Fact Check Double-check your local council's website for information on what can and cannot be recycled in your area so that you are aware of what you should and should not be putting in your recycling bin! The ‘widely recycled’ symbol on items indicates that the product is recycled by more than 75% of local authorities. However, your area may not recycle the product, so it is always best to check and remember to re-check if you move to a new area. The ‘Not Yet Recycled’ sign also indicates that the product is recycled in less than 20% of the UK’s municipalities; however, your municipality may still accept the product at their recycling centers.
<span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 176, 240);">Recognize the signs</span></span>
Make yourself familiar with the signs and symbols that are displayed on products so that you can recognize which signs indicate that a product can be placed in your recycling bin. The term "Widely Recycled" indicates that it is most likely free to put in your recycling bin. In reality, the green circle with arrows, which many people mistake for a recycling sign, indicates that the manufacturer has made a financial contribution to recycling, and the product may have to be disposed of in the regular trash bin. Another symbol that is frequently misinterpreted as meaning "recycle me" is the loop with three arrows, which can sometimes have a figure in the middle of it. This one indicates that a portion of the packaging has been recycled, but it does not necessarily imply that it can be recycled again.
If you come across a symbol that you don't recognize, the best thing to do is look it up and become familiar with it so that you don't end up contaminating the recycling. Here's a look at the full metals4U range of beams, bars, plates, rods, and more to see how versatile aluminum can be.