Are You Recycling Your Metal Cans the Right Way? Here's What to Do
All cans are recyclable, but make sure you're doing it correctly. Here are the do's and don'ts.
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Today is Earth Day, and one small thing you can do to help the planet is to start keeping track of how many cans you go through weekly. From canned food to soda and aerosol cans, all metal cans -- including aluminum and steel -- are infinitely recyclable. According to the American and Iron Steel Institute, more than 90% of the co-products from the steelmaking process are reused or recycled. That's the good news. But if you're not recycling the right way, you risk contaminating an entire batch of recyclable materials.
Since metals are nonrenewable natural resources (they can't be replaced as quickly as they're used), they're limited in supply, which is why it's important to recycle your cans. What's more, metals can be recycled over and over without the material losing quality. It's worth contacting your local recycling center to learn the best procedures for recycling metal cans. Some may ask that you bring the cans directly to the recycling center, rather than placing them in your recycling bin.