Aluminium Foil

Aluminium is made from a mineral called bauxite, which will not last forever; luckily it is really easy to recycle aluminium.

Using recycled aluminium uses 5% of the energy that making it from new raw materials would use.

Sheet foil and foil containers, please ensure they are clean and not contaminated with food waste.

Yes Please

  • Aluminium foil
  • Aluminium foil containers

No Thank you

  • Crisp packets
  • Cat food pouches
  • Soup pouches
  • Dirty foil
  • Foil wrapping paper

Aluminium Information Fact Sheet

Aluminium Foil FAQs:

  • Can I recycle items like cat food pouches and crisp packets?

    No. These items have a layer of plastic on them and are not true aluminium foil. If you are unsure if something is true aluminium foil – try the scrunch test. Scrunch up the item in your hand, if it springs back it contains plastic and can’t be recycled, if it stays scrunched up its true aluminium foil and can go in your recycling bin.

  • Can I put foil in the recycling bin that I have cooked food on?

    Please only put clean aluminium foil in the recycling bin. If you have cooked food on foil there is a chance food leftovers will be welded on the foil and this is very hard to remove, so please don’t put dirty foil in your recycling bin.

  • Can I recycle foil cake containers?

    Yes. Clean foil containers can go in the recycling bin.