Aluminium foil is 100% recyclable and recycling it saves 95% of the energy required to produce aluminium from raw materials. It is also the most valuable material to recycle.
Which Bin? Scrunch up your aluminium foil into the size of a small fist, then place it in the yellow lidded recycling bin. Alternatively, you can put smaller pieces of foil into an aluminium can before placing it in the recycling bin. Place your foil trays and pie plates into the recycling bin loose. Just make sure they are empty and relatively clean first.
It looks like foil, but is it really? To ensure that it is foil, do the scrunch test first. If it stays scrunched up, it is foil, if it pops back out, it is likely to be foil covered plastic and this cannot be recycled as it cannot be separated from the plastic.
Avoid, Reduce, Re-use:
At Easter, avoid purchasing small individually wrapped eggs. Purchase fewer, larger chocolate eggs so that the foil can easily be balled together and recycled.
Reduce the number of foil baking trays or takeaway containers that you use by using glass or stainless steel baking trays instead.
You can also re-use aluminium foil by first cleaning it in the dishwasher or gently by hand with hot water, dishwashing liquid and a sponge. It can then be re-used for baking and wrapping food.