Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is a very convenient product for various things around the house, most of which is in the kitchen covering bowls and wrapping food.  What should be done with aluminum foil after we’re finished with it?

Since aluminum can be perpetually recycled, it is a very valuable commodity to recycling companies.

Aluminum foil, just like aluminum cans, is perpetually recyclable as long as it is clean and free from food residue.  When food residue is left on it, the entire batch of aluminum can become contaminated.

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.

If you are a Borden Waste-Away customer, as long as you can rinse or clean the food off of aluminum foil, you can place it right into your regular recycling.  If you are not a Borden customer, check with your local recycling facility to see if aluminum foil is an item they accept.

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