Tin cans are endlessly recyclable. Consider this: Any can could be used, recycled and back on the market as another can in just 60 days.
Cans of tinplated steel, both those that are permanently sealed and those with tops that can be lifted and replaced, are used predominantly for food storage. 90% of all tinplate is used to make cans for food and drinks, cosmetics, fuel, oil, and paint and varnish. Tin is resistant to corrosion and has low toxicity.
Tin cans used to preserve food were patented in England in 1810 when Peter Durand, a British merchant, was granted a patent by King George III. But the concept really took hold in the USA in 1856 when Bordon’s Condensed Milk began production. America’s increasingly mobile population adopted canned food with a fury.
China and Indonesia are currently the world's largest producers of tin.
HOW RECYCLABLE IS TIN?
Tin can be recycled over and over again without losing the properties that make it valuable and useful. The process is simple:
At the smelting plant, the cans are shredded and melted down into a molten liquid. The molten liquid looks like to lava. The liquid metal is poured into a mold where it cools and hardens into a solid metal bar. These solid bars are sold to manufacturers who re-melt them and make their new metal products.
From drop-off to payment, Atlas Metal and Iron streamlines the process of recycling tin easy. Atlas also prides itself on tailoring a recycling program to fit your company’s unique needs.