What to do with
Foil is widely recycled
Clean household foil and aluminium trays are widely recycled in household collection schemes and at recycling points. Enter your postcode below to check if you can recycle foil at home.
How to recycle foil
- Rinse or wipe off any crumbs or food residue from foil trays. To rinse just dunk the tray in the washing up water - no need to run the tap.
- Scrunch kitchen foil, tub and pot lids and wrappers together to form a ball - the bigger the ball, the easier it is to recycle.
As well as foil, you can usually recycle these other aluminium items:
- Drinks cans
- Screw top lids from wine bottles (recycle with the bottle - the cap can be left on)
- Takeaway containers and barbeque trays.
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.
Do the scrunch test!