Recycling Guide: Pet Food Packaging

Americans spent more than $29 billion on pet food in 2017, with 68 percent of all homes owning at least one pet. Whether your best animal friend is a dog, a cat or a less common pet, you likely have some food packaging that you’re looking to recycle.

Here’s a helpful guide on the recycling market for different pet food containers.

Wet dog and cat food usually comes in steel cans, and steel is the most commonly recycled material in the U.S. This is the same material used for soup and coffee cans, so if you can recycle those in your community, pet food cans will also be accepted.

Recent news has revealed that canned foods are lined with Bisphenol A, or BPA, which prevents the metal from corroding and preserves the food.

BPA has been linked to health risks in human children, but it won’t impact the recyclability of the can, as the liner is burned off during recycling.

Many pet owners buy dry pet food in bags.

Not only is it less expensive, but the sizes are bigger so you don’t need to purchase as frequently.

This food used to be packaged in multi-wall bags, which were a more...

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