Are Cookie Tins Recyclable?

  • By: greenorb
  • Date: July 4, 2021
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Your belly is full but the cookie tin is empty. Can you do something with the tin to make sure that it doesn’t go to waste? You’ll find the best cookie tin recycling tips in this article!

Cookie tins are recyclable. Providing the tin is empty, dry, and clean, you can recycle it in the following ways. 

Are you keen to find out more about how you can recycle your cookie tin? Then make sure you stay tuned for what’s coming up!

Rest assured, cookie tins most definitely are recyclable! As stated at the outset, you can recycle them in a couple of simple ways. 

If you are feeling crafty, why not do something creative with your cookie tin? You could even upcycle it so that you won’t have to throw it away at all! (Don’t worry, we’ll let you in on some upcycling tips in a mo). 

I don’t know about your house, but in mine, cookie tins are emptied not long after they’ve arrived home from the store. So, it’s safe to say that we get through our fair share (or a little more) of cookies a week. That’s why we had to come up with a solution for recycling cookie tins. The solutions have helped calm our consciences about our raging chocolate addiction. 

Here are two simple, yet great ways for you to recycle your cookie tins. 

Recycle Bin

You can place your cookie tins in your recycle bin at home. Here’s what you can do to make sure that your local recycling agency accepts your tin. 

  1. Make sure that the tin is empty. It should also be clean and dry.
  2. Put the cookie tin into the recycling bin

Metal Recycling Center

If you don’t want to recycle your cookie tin at home, you can take it to your local metal recycling center. Why not save up a few tins then take them down there all at once? Here’s what you should do to your cookie tins before recycling them.

  1. Make sure that the tins are empty. They should also be clean and dry. 
  2. Recycle the tins at your local metal recycling center

There’s more to recycling cookie tins than putting them in your local recycling bin. If you have a couple of empty tins after a party or Christmas, why not upcycle them? 

Here are a few crafty ideas for your cookie tins. You’ll never throw one away again!

  • Use them to store bits and bobs. Now, we all have a drawer full of random bits and bobs. But why not organize the clutter with the help of a cookie tin? 
  • Use a tin to house your sewing kit. It could be a great home for wool, needles, measuring tapes, and an assortment of thread. 
  • Store food in the tin. Leftover pieces of cake will stay fresh when stored in an air-tight cookie tin. They also look much more decorative in a cookie tin on the countertop than they do in a plastic container. 
  • Keep baking accessories inside them. Use your tins to keep your cookie cutters, piping bags, muffin cases, and more in the same place. This way your cookie tin will help you make something even more delicious!
  • Decorate the tins. Why not paint them or wrap them so that you can use them to transport gifts? They even make great keepsake boxes! If you find yourself buying lots of cookies, why not turn them into ornamental window decorations?
  • Save money on kitchen jars and canisters. Use the tins to keep pulses, rice, pasta, flour, and other food fresh and free from bugs. 

As you’ve seen so far, recycling cookie tins is super simple. But when you do so, it is important to keep the following three things in mind. 

  1. Emptying the cookie tin
  2. Cleaning the cookie tin
  3. Making sure the cookie tin is dry

It is good practice for you to do this with all your recycled items. If you do, there should be no reason for your local metal recycling center nor your home recycling bin agency to reject your tin. 


It’s sometimes tricky to know which things can be locally recycled and which cannot. Cookie tins are one of those items that we are sometimes not too sure what to do with. 

I am sure this article has helped you to see that you can easily recycle cookie tins! I hope you’ve enjoyed the list of creative things you can do with your cookie tins around the house.

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