Recycling aluminum and steel saves a huge amount of energy compared with producing new raw material. Both aluminum and steel can also be infinitely recycled without any loss of material quality.
Send all metal packaging for recycling: tin cans, spray cans, tubes, bottle caps, lids and aluminum trays. Even small items, such as bottle caps, lids and crème fraîche seals.
Your old tin cans are used to make new cans, rebars or engine parts. Nothing is too small to be recycled, not even a bottle cap.
Did you know...
…that when you separate your metal packaging, you are playing a key role in ensuring a circular material flow. Metal packaging is infinitely recyclable without any loss in purity or quality.
How to do it
Tips & Trix
Squeeze out as much as you can from the metal tube. Then place the tube in the metal packaging bin and the plastic screw cap in the plastic packaging bin.
If they are completely empty, spray cans should be placed in the metal packaging bin. If you can’t hear a sound when you hold the spray button down, the can is empty. Cans that are not empty should be dropped off at a staffed municipal recycling center and sorted as hazardous waste.
Chips test – test your potato chip bag
Tips & Trix
Is your potato chip bag (or similar) made from plastic or metal? If you are unsure, crumple it into a ball. If it springs back into shape, it should be sorted as plastic packaging. Otherwise, sort it as metal packaging.
How recycling works
Have you ever wondered what happens to your metal packaging after you leave it for recycling? Take a look inside the recycling facility!
Frequently asked questions
How the packaging should be sorted is usually set out on the packaging. Look for a symbol or written sorting instructions. Otherwise you can try the following test: Crumple the packaging. If it stays crumpled, sort it as metal packaging; if it unfolds, sort it as plastic packaging.
Yes, it is a myth that sorting does not matter. All packaging that enters the recycling system is helping to develop recycling schemes, so that even more packaging can become new material in the future. Packaging that is not sent for recycling is incinerated. By sorting your packaging, you are helping to conserve natural resources and contributing to a circular economy. For example, CO₂ emissions are halved when you sort your plastic packaging instead of throwing it in the bin.
All packaging that FTI collects is transported to recycling facilities that recycle as much of the collected material as possible. The material that can’t be recycled is sent for energy recovery and used as a substitute for fossil raw materials in industry.