How to Recycle Soda Cans

Scrapyards and metal recycling facilities offer money per pound of metal.
Scrapyards and metal recycling facilities offer money per pound of metal. (Image: Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Aluminum is a sustainable metal because it can be recycled time and time again. Since soda cans are made out of aluminum, the cans are great candidates for recycling. Your recycling options vary depending on where you live. Some states implement deposit and refund incentives, while other states offer metal recycling facilities that pay per pound.

Return your soda cans to a retail recycling center if your state participates in a deposit and refund program. States with these programs charge a deposit when you purchase the can and pay the deposit back to you when you return the can. Cans can generally be returned to any grocery or convenience stores for refunds. As of this article's publication, Michigan has the highest deposit and refund offered, at 10 cents per can. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont all offer 5 cents per can. Oregon pays 2 cents per can.

Take your soda cans to a metal recycling facility if your state doesn't participate in a deposit and refund program. Metal scrapyards and recycling facilities pay a set fee per pound of metal recycled. The payment per pound of metal varies depending on the going rate.

Recycle your soda cans yourself into other useful items. Some people recycle their used soda cans into ashtrays, candle holders, plant pots or a myriad of other items. Be creative and come up with other ideas on how to use your soda cans.

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