Separate your Small Pieces into Types of Metal
Is it steel or aluminum? One way to check is to see if a magnet sticks. If it does, then it’s steel. We want to make sure that we group all like metals together to ensure that they are properly sorted and recycled and not mixed.
Crimp the Pieces into a Can
Once all pieces are sorted, crimp the steel pieces into a steel food can and the aluminum pieces into an aluminum soda can. Make sure you crimp them in tightly so they do not slip out.
Toss into Your Recycling
Now you can toss the cans into your regular recycling. The pieces will get properly recycled and pose no risk of injuring anyone or damaging sorting equipment.
These extra steps ensure that no metal pieces end up in a landfill and you can feel confident that they are getting recycled. Before taking these extra steps, contact your local recycling facilities to see if these items are accepted on their own. That will save you some extra work.