Sunday, July 6, 2014

Can Aluminum Foil Be Recycled?

Tin foil was originally made from a thin leaf of tin and was commercially available before its less In the late 19th century and early 20th century tin foil was heavily used in personal and commercial applications. expensive, more useful aluminum counterpart.

Tin was replaced by aluminum starting in 1910, when the first aluminum foil rolling plant, “Dr. Lauber, Neher & Cie., Emmishofen.” was opened in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Although some people still refer to the aluminum foil as tin foil, tin foil is stiffer and tends to give a slight tin taste to food wrapped in it, which is a major reason it has largely been replaced by aluminum and other materials for wrapping food.

Aluminum foil can technically be recycled, but there are some restrictions and stipulations as to the recyclable condition of the product.  Since aluminum is one of the recyclable commodities that can be perpetually recycled, the very nature of the product is a very valuable item to recycling companies. Some recycling facilities do not accept aluminum foil because these stipulations are rarely met. There can be no food residue on the foil as it hinders the quality of the recycled end product. For more information on recyclable items visit

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