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What can I do with tin cans (or aluminum cans)?

2,178 942 July 31, 2019 at 10:17 PM
I have several trash bags worth of empty 16oz cans from can food and was wondering if they have any practical use except for sprouts planting, or selling to the scrap yard. I prefer to put them into good use instead of making eye-candy crafts.

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I have several trash bags worth of empty 16oz cans from can food and was wondering if they have any practical use except for sprouts planting, or selling to the scrap yard. I prefer to put them into good use instead of making eye-candy crafts.

Tie string between two of them and call them throw back cell phones lol.
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My city has a few businesses that buy aluminium cans for recycling. Aluminum is one of the only materials right now that make sense to recycle.
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It's none of my business, but how did you end up with several trash bags worth of old food cans? No curb-side recycling in your neighborhood?
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It's none of my business, but how did you end up with several trash bags worth of old food cans? No curb-side recycling in your neighborhood?
I saved them before I realized that I had no plan for them. I can always recycle them but was hoping to find a better use maybe as a hobby or something.

Was thinking if I have the skills and equipment I can design an electric bike and use the melting furnace and mold to convert aluminum cans into parts needed for it. Now I am not too interested in it so any suggestions are welcome.
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I saved them before I realized that I had no plan for them. I can always recycle them but was hoping to find a better use maybe as a hobby or something.
Pretty much what every hoarder says. First figure out if they are steel or aluminum. I assume you know how a magnet works. If steel, you're lucky to get 5 or 6 cents a pound. Not worth the gas it takes to drive to a scrap yard. Put it out with the regular trash.
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For the small timer, gathering scrap for $$ doesn't make sense. Maybe if you have a reliable source of Cu, but not steel or Al.

Around here, semi-rural, I know a couple local guys that come and take scrap stuff for free. They hoard it and take it in for $$ when they get enough. The value for me is not having to waste my time/effort hauling garbage around. I can't imagine how it makes sense for them to come out and pick up a couple hundred lb of steel (cents per lb) even. Cu is $2+ /lb, Al is ~ $0.4/lb.

(the above said, I do recycle Al cans and water bottles. here in CT there is a 5 cent deposit on these - I collect and work and home and once a year take them all in and put he proceeds to the kids custodial accounts. Generally we get $300 or so annually)
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California's largest recycling center business, RePlanet, shuts down [latimes.com]

RePlanet President David Lawrence said the company stopped operating because of increased business costs and falling prices of recycled aluminum and PET plastic.
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Thought this was pertinent:

California's largest recycling center business, RePlanet, shuts down [latimes.com]

RePlanet President David Lawrence said the company stopped operating because of increased business costs and falling prices of recycled aluminum and PET plastic.
yup, replanet was the only place around here that had self service machines so whatever you paid for crv you got back and replanet was a pita where most of the time they would block off one or both machines and forced you to sort all cans and bottles and paid you by weight which imo was a ripoff, last time I was there all of a sudden like magic they had both self serve machines working, figures Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) they knew the end was near.

Now I have to drive a half hour away to recycle, most of the 30 gallon bags of recycling that you bring to this facility is paid back by weight of course, so may just barely break even on gas and traffic/time wasted, it's either this or throw them in trash. Frown
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