How to recycle aluminum can tops

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How to recycle aluminum can tops
All parts of an aluminium can be recycled. (golden aluminium drink cans piled image by photooiasson from

All parts of an aluminium can be recycled, including the top you pull and push to open the can. According to, people are drinking from more cans than ever before. You can recycle those cans and earn money back for your purchase. Once a can is recycled, it may appear back on the store shelf as a recycled product within 60 days.

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    Collect cans and can tops in a separate bin or container.

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    Find a recycling centre in your area. Many municipalities offer kerbside recycling and accept aluminium cans and tops. You can make money by taking your cans and tops to a private recycling centre. Any place that recycles aluminium cans can recycle the pop tops.

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    Donate your can tops to an organisation. You may have to call around and find an organisation that collects this part of the can. According to, while the value of can top is no different than the rest of the can, aluminium can tops are easier to collect as they take up less space and do not contain residue from the can's contents.

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