Aluminum is 100% recyclable, which means that lots of recycled aluminum foil ends up as new aluminum foil of the same quality as the original product. However there are lots of products that use recycled aluminum such as soda cans, cement, pie pans, dishwashers, makeup products, chemicals, and furniture, just to name a few. It is important to know that many recycling systems will not accept foil that is covered in food residue, which means one should clean it before putting it in the recycling bin.
Do they really separate the aluminum foil if it has food on it?
Because curbside recycling is often mixed (aluminum cans and pizza boxes in the same bin) it must be sorted before it can be reprocessed. In this sorting process, workers will monitor a conveyor belt to ensure that only the scraps fit for recycling get through. Often times large amounts of food scraps are wrapped in aluminum foil, and these are selected out; if there is a little food residue that can basically be boiled away, then it is not that big of a deal.
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