Metal packaging from households

In households, metal waste mainly comes from packaging for products bought in shops. Items which are made up of at least 50% metal can be taken to a metal collection point.

Metal packaging and small metal objects that fit through the opening of the container may be placed in metal collection containers. Metal packages that have contained food should be rinsed with cold water before recycling.

If you are not sure if a package is made of metal, you can do “a scrunch test”: scrunch up the item in your hand. If it does not return to its shape, it’s probably metal, and if it does, it’s probably plastic. If you are still not sure, put it into mixed waste. If different parts of a package can be detached from each other, the different materials should always be placed in their own collection containers.


Metal collection is for:

  • Metal packaging
  • Food cans
  • Non-deposit beverage cans
  • Metal lids and caps
  • Metal sealing clips
  • Aluminium trays and lids
  • Aluminium foil
  • Empty paint pails and cans
  • Non-pressurised spray bottles
  • Metal coffee capsules
  • Saucepans and frying pans
  • Cutlery
  • Scissors and metal tools
  • Nails, screws and fittings
  • Aluminium tealight cases


Metal collection is not for:

  • Plastic, such as plastic bags, Styrofoam or bubble wrap plastic
  • Crisp and coffee packets
  • Batteries or household appliances
  • Packages containing hazardous substances or pressure