The CANtastic journey of a steel can.

Purchase

While at the store, you toss into your cart a delicious assortment of canned food products, lovingly sealed at peak freshness by infinitely recyclable steel cans.

Storage

Requiring zero energy to store, the food inside your steel cans maintains peak freshness until you are ready to eat it. Which, along with built-in portion control, ultimately reduces food waste.

Recycling

After preparing an amazing meal for yourself and loved ones that includes some canned goods, you rinse out your steel cans and toss them into your recycling bin.

Collection

Steel is collected by your friendly neighborhood recycling people and makes its way to a nearby recycling facility.

Sorting

As your steel cans move along the conveyor belt at the Materials Recovery Facility a high-powered magnet attracts steel cans, which are then collected to be shipped for processing.

Processing

Your steel cans are melted in a furnace, along with various other scrap metal.

Converting

The melted steel is then cast into slabs and rolled into flat stock or steel sheets.

Manufacturing

The flat stock is cut into usable sections that are then made into various new steel products, everything from car parts to utensils to new steel cans (of course!).

To infinity!

Because steel is infinitely recyclable, this can journey is repeated over and over again, saving tons and tons and tons of energy and resources along the way.

Start Over

Even statistically speaking, steel cans have got it going on

75%

The percentage of steel ever produced that is still in use today


100%

The recyclability of steel with no downgrading of material


#1

Steel cans are the most recycled food packaging in the United States


58%

The recyclability rate of steel cans (the highest of any food packaging)


0

The amount of kilowatts of energy required to store steel cans in your cupboard


22 million

The tons of CO2 that could be eliminated per year if all fruits and vegetables were canned


2.2 billion pounds

The number of pounds of food waste avoided per year globally by choosing metal packaging


35%

The potential amount of recycled steel content in any new steel can