ALL COMMUNITIES can include metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, and tuna cans in recycling. Cans should be empty, clean and dry.
All metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, and tuna can be recycled in all community recycling programs. Metal tins for items such tea, coffee, cookies and biscuits are also included. Cans should be empty, clean and dry before being recycled.
Cans are made from either steel or aluminum. Aluminum cans you put in your curbside recycling are processed and turned back in to new cans and foil that you’ll see on store shelves. Steel cans are recycled into new cans, car parts and even bridges.
Aluminum beverage cans may be turned in for cash at a local scrap yard. Also, some area fire stations collect cans to benefit the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children of Northeast Ohio program. Check with your community.
Do not include scrap metal, car parts, wire and cord, or other metal objects in your curbside recycling. These metal objects are dangerous for the workers and the sorting machinery at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF or recycling plant). Take the items to a local scrap yard.
Apartment and condominium dwellers can recycle too. See our blog post about recycling options in your building.
Businesses can recyle cans through a local comapny. See the Business Locations list below.