Recycling tins, cans and aerosols

If it’s a tin, can or aerosol, you can recycle it!

All of your tins, cans and aerosols can be put in your recycling bin.

Tins & cans – Yes please

  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Pet food tins
  • Biscuit and sweet tins
  • Metal coffee cans

Aerosols – Yes please

  • Deodorant and hairspray
  • Household cleaning aerosols
  • Air fresheners
  • De-icer
  • Empty and rinse tins and cans to remove left over foods or liquids that can contaminate other recyclables
  • You can leave labels on - these are removed in the recycling process
  • Put the lid inside the can and squash the top to stop the lids becoming trapped in other recycling

If it's a tin, can or aerosol, please recycle it!

Which metals can't you recycle?

Aerosols marked with a black skull and crossbones or black cross on an orange background should be put in your general waste bin.

Foil should also be placed in your general waste bins.

What happens to them?

Your empty cans are collected along with the rest of your recycling and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they are separated into steel and aluminium. They are then crushed, baled and sent to re-processors.

At the recycling plant, the cans are put into a furnace and heated to very high temperatures so they melt down.

The molten metal is poured into large blocks, cooled and then rolled into large coils of thin metal.

These coils are then used by manufacturers to make new products, including new tins and cans.

Watch RecycleNow's video to find out more about how cans are recycled.

What else can I recycle?

Remember to recycle your paper, cardboard and plastic bottles in your recycling bin with your tins, cans and aerosols.

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled in separate containers provided for glass recycling.

Textiles can be put in the charity textile banks at sites across Southampton.