Metal Matters

It’s never been easier to make your metal matter!

The food or drink cans and other metal packaging items you recycle at home could end up being transformed into any one of a wide number of new products, from a designer watch or an iPod, to a washing machine or even a new bus!

Every time metal is recycled it saves energy, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and saves on landfill space – so it’s good news for the planet.

Best of all it doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part to make a big difference. All you need to do is drop your cans, empty aerosols, tins and foil in your recycling box (not the rubbish bin). It’s as easy as that!

So by recycling your waste metal packaging at home, you can reduce your carbon footprint and prevent valuable materials ending up in landfill. The more of us that recycle, the more the benefits will add up.

How is waste metal transformed?

The empty can you recycle today could be back on the supermarket shelf as another can in as little as 60 days!

From your household recycling collection, the cans, foil and empty aerosols you save are taken to a transfer site at Middleton and then on to a sorting facility at Leyland. To see exactly where your items then end up, visit

What can I recycle and where?

All of the items below can go in one of your household recycling boxes. For more information about what to put in each of your boxes please see our recycling boxes page. If you're not in our kerbside recycling scheme, you can find your nearest recycling point at

  • Drink cans
  • Food tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Empty aerosols
  • Foil
  • Foil trays
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Metal bottle caps and lids

Please make sure your aerosols are empty and foil trays and food tins have been wiped or rinsed. Don’t worry about removing labels and just pop the lid inside, if there is one.

Some household metal items cannot be collected with your kerbside recycling – BUT they can still be recycled!

Small electrical items recycling banks

There are five recycling banks in the district available for you to recycle small household electrical items such as kettles, radios, speakers, and hairdryers. These are located at:

  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Bull Beck picnic site
  • Thurnham Street - Lancaster
  • Heysham Village car park

What small electrical items can I recycle?

Other metal items

Please take any other metal waste to your nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre, including:

  • Empty paint tins and lids
  • Garden tools
  • Pots and pans
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Door handles
  • Bikes

What can I recycle at the household waste and recycling centre?

Last updated: 16 November 2015