Clean aluminium trays and foil are widely recycled. Enter your postcode in our Recycling Locator tool to find where you can recycle them near you.
How to recycle aluminium
- Rinse foil trays to remove any food residue
- Scrunch kitchen foil and wrappers together to form a ball - the bigger the ball, the easier it is to recycle. If the foil is contaminated with grease or burnt-on bits of food, throw it in your rubbish bin
You can usually recycle the following aluminium items:
- Drinks cans
- Foil containers (such as for takeaways)
- Barbeque and freezing trays
- Cigarette and tobacco foil
- Screw top lids from wine bottles (screw them back onto the bottle when you recycle it)
Are crisp packets recyclable?
You might be surprised that they aren't! Crisp packets are actually made from metallised plastic film which can't be recycled yet. Putting them into your recycling is an easy mistake to make, but they should actually go in your rubbish bin.
Do the scrunch test
Do the scrunch test to check whether your shiny wrapper is aluminium foil or plastic film: scrunch the wrapper in your hand - if it springs back open it’s not recyclable foil.