Can you recycle food tins and cans?


Yes, you can!

How to recycle food tins and cans at home?

Food tins and cans

Yes, you can recycle food tins and cans at home. Simply clean the contents and place them in your household recycling bin.

  1. Ensure the can is clean, emptied and not contaminated by other materials.
  2. Place in the Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) bin.
  3. Food tins and cans can be recycled. However, check with your local recycling authorities to check if they accept them. The recyclability of your drink cans largely depends on the material and your local authority. 

How to recycle food tins and cans at your business

  1. Food tins and cans fall under the DMR waste stream. Ensure your  cans are  rinsed and not contaminated by food or other materials. 
  2. Inform your employees about the importance of recycling food tins and cans.
  3. Have designated recycling bins in relevant areas, such as near break rooms. 
  4. Label these bins for recycling, which can accept food tins and cans.
  5. Coordinate with Bywaters regular pickups or drop-offs of the collected cardboard. 



  • Rinse the tins and cans
  • Ensure you remove external packaging such as plastics

Do not

  • Dispose of the tins with food still in them
  • Throw the tins and cans in the non recyclable bin

The Dry Mixed Recycling Process

Your material is collected by our Euro 6 fleet

The waste is tipped into our solar-powered MRF

Each material is segregated at our specialised facility

Individual material streams are bulked and baled

Final bulked material is sent to be recycled

Facts about food tins and cans

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