Recycling can sometimes be confusing, especially as regulations can change between local councils, not to mention the changes between states and countries.
However, keeping up-to-date with current recycling processes is vital as it can mean the difference between an item being recycled, or contaminating a whole load of recyclable materials.
There are plenty of handy guides to help you recycle correctly, like the Recycle Right Search Engine and you should always contact your local council to double check anything you are unsure of.
Things like bottle cap recycling can sometimes slip through the cracks as it is assumed the processes wouldn’t change. Whether unsure of the recycling method, or it has transitioned over time here’s our guide to recycling metal items like bottle caps, can lids, jar lids and other small metals below.
Step 1. Clean and dry an empty metal can, like a soup can or tomato paste can.
Step 2. Gather all of the small metals you are trying to recycle, alongside the can.
Step 3. Find a small magnet to test all of your items; if the item is magnetic it is likely to be made of the same materials as the can. Pop all of the small magnetic items into the can (some may need to be reshaped to fit)
Step 4. Any non-magnetic items such as aluminum foil cannot be placed into the can as it is a different material and must be recycled separately (such as scrunching the foil into a fist sized ball and then recycling it).
Step 5. Once the can is full, squeeze the mouth closed so none of the loose items fall out. Then pop it into your kerbside recycling bin along with your other non-magnetic items separately.
Remember you CAN recycle small metal items.