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Aug 15 2022

Can I Put My Scrap Metal in a Recycling Bin? 

Recycling is a very important part of diverting materials from the landfill and keeping materials in circulation. But before you throw just any material into the recycling bin, it’s important to know what you can and can’t recycle. Here’s what you should know about what metals you can put in the recycling bin, and what you should do with the metals that you can’t put in the bin for curbside pickup—

What Metals Can Go in My Recycling Bin?

You may assume that because metal is recyclable, you can go ahead and toss any metal in your recycling bin for curbside pickup. However, most municipal recycling programs will only take certain metals. Usually, the metals that you can put in the recycling bin include:

  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Yogurt lid tops
  • Foil that’s found inside food packages and cigarette packages

In short, metals that you would find in food or certain other home products, including tin and aluminum, are safe to put in the recycling bin.

What About Other Metals that Can’t Go in the Recycling Bin?

While things like cans and foil can be put in the bin, there are dozens of other metal-containing products that you may want to get rid of that cannot go into the recycling bin. These things include:

  • Old bicycles
  • Car parts
  • Exercise equipment
  • Household appliances
  • Wires and cables
  • Wire hangers
  • Shelving
  • Pots and pans

These items are very important to recycle, but they can’t be left out for recycling pickup. Instead, they need to be taken to a recycling center.

Choose Belson Steel for Scrap Metal Recycling

When you choose Belson Steel for scrap metal recycling, we make recycling your items easy and straightforward. You can bring metal directly to our local center for recycling, where we will handle all metal weighing and separation. We also pay you for your scrap metal. We pay cash and always base our payments based on fair metal values.

We are a leading scrap metal recycler in Illinois with over 60 years of experience. We are a trusted community partner. We also offer residential e-waste recycling. 

Call Belson Steel for Scrap Metal Recycling Today

If you want to do your part to recycle and keep things out of the landfill, then you’ll have to do more than just throw metals in the recycling bin. For some metal products, you’ll need to bring them to a metal recycling center. To learn more, call Belson Steel directly today.

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