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removing label from a can
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While food cans can be recycled almost anywhere, their paper labels are generally not recycled. The paper burns up as the metal is melted. This adds up to a lot of wasted paper, and there is an easy solution: just remove the label before recycling. If you find this a bit difficult you may want to get a Label Popper, a small tool made exactly for this.

This applies to Food cans.

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Added April 3, 2012.

Last updated January 6, 2014.

Applies to Everywhere.