This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #24 Recycling Mint Tins
If you’re conscious about your breath, then you probably have developed a mini-fixation with either gum, or more importantly, with breath mints. Since Altoids came on the market more than a decade ago, those tiny little mint tins at every cash register in just about any convenience store have become as ubiquitous as water bottles or bubble gum. And with that comes more stuff potentially going into our landfills.
But tin is a recyclable metal that can be used again for other products. Tin, just like steel, saves tons of energy if it is recycled. The fact of the matter is that reclaiming one ton of steel or tin in this manner can save 1.5 tons of ore, and further, recycling tin returns a savings of an estimated 2,600 kilowatt hours per ton. This means that reclaiming tin from mint containers, for example, prevents us from having to strip the raw materials from the land, and then saves us the added energy that we expend producing the ore.
In a nutshell, you can go about recycling tin cans the same exact way that you would recycle aluminum cans or plastic bottles. Tin cans are processed in a way that first separates out any steel; the tin is then reused in the drug or chemical industries, just to offer a couple of examples. Find information on re-using old tin cans in a variety of clever crafty ways, below.
Helpful Links on Recycling Mint Tins You Don’t Use Anymore:
Search by “Mint Tins” or “Tin Containers” and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.
Check out this LA Times article for more info on Craft Ideas for Empty Mint Tins.
Information on 22 Ways to Recycle Your Altoids Tin at The Art of Manliness.
2 Ways to Recycle Mint Tins on IStock Analyst.