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recycling.. food cans?

so what can we do with food tins... he standard steel can that you peaches and backed beans comes in = surley it doesnt need to go off ot the landfill with your rubbish or to the recycling plant..,.. any ideas

Lzrd515 years ago
I use the large tins my dog's food comes in to start cuttings. I decoupage each tin and then seal it well with varnish. I then cut a 1.5 liter plastic bottle to fit inside the tin (so that the tin will not rust) and I plant my cuttings. I have a row of beautiful pots on a ledge with spider plants in them and as I sit and have my breakfast on the balcony each morning I am reminded of how I have kept tins and plastic out of the landfill!
agatornz (author)  Lzrd515 years ago
hey there thank you for that, any chance of an instructable on the subject as easy as it sounds.. they seem to be one of the few items that just dont seem to have any ideas on how to use them other than taking them to a recycling programme
Lzrd51 agatornz10 months ago
I would be happy to write up a tutorial but I am a teacher and school has just started so will get to it when I can. They are super simple to do - no real talent needed!

This past summer I had a ball making these hanging 'stars' for the ceiling of my veranda out of two sizes of dog tins. All I did was to cut off the tops & bottoms ( save these as they can make cute Xmas ornaments) and also cut off the rims ( save these as well for another project). Then start at one of the two openings and using metal cutters, start cutting long wedge shapes out as far as the center of the tins. Then do the same on the other side. Now, manipulate the points by bending them alittle until they look pleasing to you. Finally, using a nail, punch a hole in the center of the tin and hang. If you use something in the hole that will allow the star to move around, they are much nicer as the breeze will catch the star and twirl it around. I also did some that I painted on the outside and also some I decoupaged on the outside and left the inside metallic as the sun catches the metallic and it looks really nice. I have some pictures I took if you would be interested in seeing any, let me know. They are so simple to make - again- no talent needed!
grandpajoe4 years ago
David Gering in Nampa, Idaho makes a portable #10 can seamer. He also makes a can reflanger for #10 cans. (#10 cans are the larger cans that are just under a gallon in capacity. A true gallon can is a #12 can, but they are not commonly used for food.) The can reflanger cuts off the ring from the old lid and forms a new flange that will accept a new "double seam" lid. The refanging and seaming chucks are electrically powered, but the operation of the rolls is manual. At about $1000 per machine, the seamer and the reflanger are more suitable for group use than individual use. David's contact info is: www.geringandson.com. He has been making this equipment for over 20 years. The site has the seamer information. Ask him for the reflanger info.
agatornz (author)  grandpajoe4 years ago
hey thanks for that - allthough i am sorry to say most of what you said is pretty much in a techincal language i dont understand! .. particulary as just and average joe looking for a way to re use cans.... as for size of cans - no idea how that compares to ours in Newzealand but thanks any how...
I should add that the reflanged cans are used for dry pack canning of bulk dry foods such as wheat and beans, They are not used for wet pack canning or for packaging foods that with higher moisture or oil levels.
handyb535 years ago
i rinse them out and take them to the city recycle center. most recycle programs accept them in the recycle bins they pick up in front of your house.
agatornz (author)  handyb535 years ago
thanks for that - this only works if in fact there is a such a recycling system, and in many places such is the case in my part of the world the recycling systems either dont have the capcity or techniques to deal with them and either stock pile or dump.. so was looking for and instructable suggestions that could be used by the consumer ...