We use more than 400 million food cans a year!
That includes everything from Baby Food and Baked Beans to Soup and Sardines.
Every food can you use is fully recyclable. Every size of can, from the baby food right up to the large catering cans, should be put out for recycling.
To prepare food cans for recycling:
• Empty can
• Remove lid and pop inside the can
• Squeeze top of can shut to stop lid falling out
• Rinse the can
• No need to remove the label
• Pop into the recycling bin
You would be amazed how many aerosol cans you have in your home. In New Zealand we use more than 25 million aerosol cans each year.
• Fly Spray
• Shaving Cream
• Whipped cream & mousse
• Furniture polish
• Cooking oil
• Personal care
When you have emptied your aerosol can and are ready to recycle:
• Do not puncture or squash aerosol can.
• Pull off the large plastic cap and put this in the rubbish bin.
Place in the recycle bin.
All sizes of empty paint cans are recyclable but they must be empty.
Remember this rule when putting paint cans out for recycling:
"Lid off - no liquid"
| Be sure the paint residue in the can is dry before you put it out for recycling. Include the lid because this is recyclable steel too. Just keep it separate from the can.
If you have cans of unwanted paint contact the Regional or Local Council in your area. They have services that can help you dispose of unwanted paint safely.
Cooking oils are commonly sold in flat-sided cans. These are all 100% steel and fully recyclable. New Zealanders uses 12 million litres of canned cooking oil each year. This means nearly 3 million big cans could be recycled every year.
When the can is empty put it out in your recycling bin.
Biscuit tins are all made with steel. Just remove the paper inner and/or plastic liner, make sure the tin is empty and pop it into your recycle bin.
Glass jars are sealed with lids made of steel!
Millions of jars are sold every day - and while some jars and lids are re-used at home most of the lids get put in the rubbish.
LIDS ARE STEEL
LIDS ARE RECYCLABLE
So when you are recycling empty jars please put the lids out too!
And that goes for beer bottle caps as well. In New Zealand 1000s of tonnes of steel caps are made for drink manufacturers – and that doesn’t include imported beverages. So when you remove your bottle cap, put it inside a used steel can – when the can gets full, squeeze the top closed and pop it into the recycling bin.
Beverage cans are made of aluminium which is 100% recyclable.
We consume over 500 million beverage cans per year. Cans are lightweight and crushable and by recycling them you can save 95% of the energy required for initial production.