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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- Metals

On: Jan 2, 2019
By: TransMetal
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Have you ever thought about what to do with metal scraps like cans or aluminum foil?

The majority of our metal waste is in the form of our pets food cans. Also, soda cans and canned food such as chicken broth or vegetables came in, but those are the minority. Some of you probably know, however, for those that haven`t heard you can also recycle other types of metals like old wire fencing that at one time has surrounded property or car parts.


Not only are animal food cans one of the biggest source of our metal waste, however, they also represent the biggest opportunity for reduction. How about making your own pet’s food?

Yes, it does take some time, however, making a bigger amount you will have to keep it in the fridge but it will last for a couple of days. The homemade pet food is also more healthy for our pets, and it costs about the same to make as we pay for a can of their current food.


When it comes to reusing metals, it`s very difficult to think of something that we reuse on a daily basis. Usually, we fuse metal and make new things out of it, however, metal car parts are being reused all the time, especially when a car is being taken down to parts. Metal containers are very useful, for example, cargo shipments. Coffee cans are also a great example. A lot of people gather coffee cans and fill them up with various screws and other hardware accessories. Here are two examples of reusable objects:

  • aluminum cans– they can be reused to make different cans
  • aluminum foil– it is later reused to make candy wrappers


Metal is a material that could be increased on the amount that we take to be recycled. Some of us have been recycling steel, however, a lot of us didn`t know that we can recycle other types of metals as well. Based on the items that you can see in the bins, it would appear that recycling companies accept anything containing even small amounts of metal, such as computers, appliances, TVs, etc. However, it isn`t logical that everything that gets thrown into the bins meets the recycling centers definition of recyclable metal. It seems that some people use it almost like a garbage bin. Trying searching for specific guidelines on what can and cannot be placed in the metal bin, learn why should we recycle metals, and help reduce the world’s pollution.

Although the 3R rules are known all over the world, however, not everyone actually follows it. See what common household items can be easily recycled.

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    How do I know if the homemade food I made for my pet is nutritious enough? At least with the store-bought, I don’t have to worry about it.

    • TransMetal

      It’s a valid concern – you should ask your vet. But while considering it, think about all the metal you’re using if you buy the food at a store, maybe it would be a better choice to at least try being more eco-friendly.

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    What if I’m not sure if I can put a certain item in a metal recycling bin? Should I put it there anyway, or put it in the normal bin?

    • TransMetal

      Many people have this problem, but there is an easy and quick solution. If you’re not sure, just check online – it takes little time, and it makes a huge difference.

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