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Don't Delay - recycle today!

Last year households in Leeds recycled almost 2,000 tonnes of metal, but we want to do even more. Putting just two extra cans into your recycling bin will save enough energy to run a computer for up to 12 hours.

For more fun facts like this, see our Metal Matters Fun Factsheet.


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

When it comes to recycling, metal is hard to beat. That’s because it’s endlessly recyclable - every last bit can be turned into something else. It’s a cycle that can go on forever.

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

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

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


Yes! Please put these in your green recycling bin:
  • Drink cans
  • Food tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Empty aerosols
  • Sweet/biscuit tins
  • Foil (clean)
  • Foil trays (clean)
  • Metal caps from bottles

Please make sure your aerosols are empty and foil, foil trays and food tins have been wiped or rinsed before adding these items to your recycling.

To see what other items can go in your green bin, check out the green recycling bin page.

Some household metal items cannot be collected in your green recycling bin, such as those listed below – BUT they can still be recycled! Please take this metal waste to your nearest RecyclingSite

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

Recycle Now

Recycle Now ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​is the national recycling campaign for England. Find out more about what you can recycle and how to do it.

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