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What Can I Do with Can Tops?

By Recyclebank |

Safely store those sharp-edged can tops and recycle them!

Dear Recyclebank,

I don't know what to do with the sharp tops of cans after opening them. So I take one clean empty metal can and put all of the sharp lids in the can and let them build up to the top. It makes for a very neat and clean way to store these sharp items and it takes about a month to fill one can. Now I have this heavy can of many sharp lids. What can I do with it?

-Russ C.


Dear Russ,

It sounds like you are talking about regular metal cans that usually hold soup or canned vegetables. If so, these cans and their lids are infinitely recyclable! You’ve found a great way to safely collect can lids. You can recycle that heavy can with all the lids in it, as long as they’re clean and dry and your hauler accepts metals. Just to be safe, set the can standing up so the lids don’t spill out and cut any fingers or plastic bags (if your recyclables are collected in bags).

Do you have any clever ways to collect recyclable items? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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  • Lynne M. 2 years ago
    I clean the can out really well. Then I use the cans for my craft items. ( Mostly to store my beads in). It works very well.
  • Anne W. 2 years ago
    I was always dropping the lids to the bottom of the cans..glad to find out for sure I was doing the right thing!
  • felicia a. 3 years ago
    Check out my recycled jar and can craft for kids!!! U can make it on one minute!!
  • Thomas D. 3 years ago
    recycling the lids of metal cans is easy. Once the food in the can has been used, drop the lid back into the can. Then bend in the lip of the can with your hands. It requires very little pressure and will assure that the lid does not fall out.
  • Michel M. 3 years ago
    And, I want to add that if you use a hammer to bend in the top of the can, it will hold the lids in. I don't believe that they have to be shaken out to be recxycled.
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