Most food tins are made of tin-plated sheet steel, also called tinplate. This material can also be used to make nails, pans or even new tins.


These items belong in the recycling

Food tins and lids made of sheet steel or tinplate.

These items do not belong in the recycling

Paint tins, spray-paint cans and aerosol cans.


Please do not recycle sheet steel packaging together with scrap metal, as it causes metallurgical problems in the molten steel.


Places where you can dispose of sheet steel

You can dispose of sheet steel directly at the collection point in your municipality.

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How sheet steel is recycled

The raw materials steel and tin are obtained when sheet steel packaging is recycled. It’s worth it, as recycling requires 64% less energy and produces 73% less CO₂ than new production.


Did you know?

Make way for art made of recycled metal packaging – the two recycling organisations IGORA Cooperative and Ferro Recycling award an annual prize for the most creative idea.
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Together for more recycling

Recycling protects the climate and conserves the Earth’s natural resources. That’s why we want to do our bit together with you.

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