Recycling tip: Choose steel cans
(shameless plug!)

Okay, perhaps we’re a
bit partial to steel cans.

When it comes to easy-peasy recyclability, steel is as easy-peasy as it gets. No number system to figure out. No wondering if it will actually get recycled. Basically, if it’s a can and it’s made of steel, you can just toss it in the recycling bin and be confident it won’t end up in a landfill. Being magnet friendly, it’s super easy to sort. Unlike other materials that are, well, not magnet friendly.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Avoid choosing any materials in the first place that are not easily recyclable. And if you must purchase hard-to-recycle materials, reuse them to give them at least a second or third life. And, of course, recycle everything you can, choosing materials that are easier to recycle, like, you guessed it — steel!

Rinse it out.

Rinse out all food and beverage containers to increase the material’s chances of actually getting recycled. It also helps keep the recycling bin inside your house much more, well, pleasant, and reduces how frequently you need to take your recycling outside (aah, the little things, right?).

Recycle the can top, too.

The top of the can is recyclable, too, and can constitute as much as 15% of the steel in a can. So, when recycling, make sure to include the top as well. Simply drop the top inside the can as you discard it.

Avoid hard-to-recycle materials.

Not all packaging materials are as easy to recycle as steel cans. Many have incredibly low recyclability rates. So, they end up in landfills, or even worse, everywhere else that’s not a landfill. Like woodlands, oceans, and parks. Not good.

Know the “what’s what?”

Research the environmental impact of the products you buy and the companies you support. This type of information is easy to find with a quick web search — just make sure you go to reliable sources like the Environmental Protection Agency, The Recycling Partnership, and Keep America Beautiful. For more on the companies themselves, go to company websites and read their sustainability reports.

Local Recycling Guidelines

Find out the specific local rules or guidelines within your area. Many cities and localities have their own rules and regulations concerning recycling practices. Go to to find out about yours.