Cans and Tins

How to recycle drinks and food cans, both steel or aluminium.

The aluminium can bins located across Campus accept:
• aluminium and steel food cans
• metal biscuit and sweet tins
• clean tin foil, cake and pie tins

Rinse cans out if they contain any food residues and ideally squash/ crush.

The cans are collected in clear bags by the cleaners and are then taken to a holding skip at the Waste Management Centre for recycling.

Additional recycling points for cans and tins will be introduced on an ongoing basis. If you require an aluminium can recycling bin, please ensure your School/ Directorate Building Liaison Officer (BLO) logs a request via CAFM (Planon).

Why recycle cans?

Metals can be recycled indefinitely without losing any of their properties. For example, aluminium can be recycled indefinitely, as reprocessing does not damage its structure. Recycling aluminium requires only 5% of the energy and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions as compared with primary production and reduces the waste going to landfill.  (Source: Waste Online)