Quick Recycling Tip: How to Recycle Tin Foil

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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: #1 Tin Foil

How to recycle tin foil

How to Recycle Tin Foil

As with most things that come into contact with food grease and oil, you need to wash your tin foil thoroughly with soap and water before you attempt to recycle it.

If you recycle your soda cans, inquire there with your local recycler to see if they will accept clean, used tin foil.

Some advocate a simple “scrunch” test in order to determine if you are actually dealing with tin foil – some crisp packaging elements are not made of aluminum foil, though they may appear to be. Instead, this may be plastic film which is coated with metallic ink. These cannot be recycled. If you scrunch the item in question in the palm of your hand and it springs back into shape, then it’s not made of aluminum.

Helpful Links on Recycling Tin Foil:
Recycle Tin Foil in the UK

Crafty Ways to Turn Used Tin Foil Into Other Objects

Check with Earth 911 in your zip code for even more info.

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