Metal and Aluminum Recycling

Recycling metal and aluminum cans is an easy way for your household to help the planet.

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Metal and Aluminum

Food and beverage cans are perfect for metal recycling. Simply rinse to remove residual food or liquid, tap them dry and recycle!

Examples of metal you can recycle:

  • Food cans
  • Beverage cans

Guidelines for Recycling Aluminum and Metal

What can you recycle? We make it easy.


  • Food and beverage cans rinsed and dried


  • Aluminum foil soiled with food
  • Loose soda tabs or bottle caps
  • Razor blades, needles or sharps
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Did You Know?

  1. Aluminum recycling saves 95% of the energy needed to make new aluminum.

  2. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a computer for three hours.
  3. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, making it the ideal material for creating a circular economy.


Now that you know why and how to recycle aluminum cans, check out the life of a recycled can!

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The Future of Recycling

Gone are the days of sorting by hand – at least when it comes to metal recycling. At Republic Services, we utilize advanced sorting technologies to efficiently get the job done.

Here’s how it works: First powerful magnets attract iron-heavy metals and separate them from the aluminum. Next, strong eddy current separators create large magnetic fields that repel the aluminum cans into their own separate containers.

Join Us on a Recycling Center Tour

Take a virtual tour through one of our state-of-the-art recycling centers and see how your recyclables are sorted and baled to be turned into new products.

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Recycling Made Easy

Recycling helps keep valuable materials in the circular economy longer, putting less strain on our environment. Get tips on how to properly recycle each item:


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Recycling 101

The more you know, the bigger impact you can make.

Recycling plays an important role in protecting our planet. Discover how easy and impactful it is. Our planet is precious. Let’s protect it together.

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At Republic Services, we’re dedicated to creating a cleaner, safer, healthier world for all. Millions of customers rely on us for products and services that protect our environment and the communities we serve.

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