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Clean aluminum foil can be recycled in the curbside recycling bin and is also accepted at the Drop-Off Station and Recovery Yard.
Roll the aluminum foil into a ball - preferably at least the size of your fist! Making your foil into a larger, 3-dimensional form helps it get sorted into the proper place at the Materials Recovery Facility. If it is flattened, the machines may sort it into the paper. If it is too small, it is vulnerable to literally "falling through the cracks". Clean aluminum pans/trays can also be recycled if properly cleaned and balled up.
Live Zero Waste!
Reduce your use of aluminum foil by greasing reusable pans or by purchasing reusable nonstick pan liners. Purchase aluminum foil that contains recycled content. Aluminum foil is actually very reusable. You can use it for art projects/children's toys, and if you combine it with baking soda, you can scrub grease off of a stove/pan, or if you lay silverware over a sheet of it, the silver will take longer to tarnish.