5 Earth-Day Friendly Steel Food Can Facts

Earth Day Facts

Earth Day (April 22) is the perfect time to proclaim the incredible sustainability story surrounding the steel food can. This simple invention allows nutritious foods to be safely shipped to grocery stores everywhere and then can be recycled into new steel products. Consider these 5 Earth Day facts about the steel food can:


Steel cans are the most recycled food container.


Each year more than 70% of steel food cans are recycled.


In 2015 more than 1.2 million tons of steel was recycled from packaging.


More than 18,000 curbside, drop-off and buyback programs accept steel cans, which provides access to steel can recycling for more than 160 million consumers across the U.S.


Steel cans keep foods safe and ready to eat on pantry shelves reducing waste from food spoilage.

Learn more at Recycle-Steel.org or by downloading the Steel Packaging Sustainability brochure (PDF).