Parchment Paper & Aluminum Foil

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

When we cook or bake in an oven, we often line the baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Where should we place them after we finish cooking? Find the answer in today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers and different creative ways to reuse aluminum foils!

Parchment paper
  • Parchment paper is compostable and belongs to your green cart
Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum foil can generally be placed into your blue cart, if it’s not covered in too much grease, but you must rinse off any food residue and crumple it into a ball before recycling.
  • Aluminum foil that cannot be cleaned out is considered garbage. Put it into your black cart.
  • Foil seals, such as lids of yogurt tubs, are not recyclable and belong to your black cart.
Ways to reuse aluminum foil

As long as the foil is not ripped and have clean sides, you can reuse it in cooking or baking. Doing so helps you save money and reduce waste, so why not?

Did you know that in addition to cooking and baking there are other creative ways to reuse aluminum foil? Here are a few:

  • Stuff foil into your winter shoes and boots to keep them in shape and upright.
  • Crumpled foil can serve as a scrubber. Use it in cleaning pots and pans (non-stick ones, of course)
  • Use foil to clean any items made of silver. Line a glass or ceramic container with a sheet of foil. Fill it with hot water and mix in some baking soda (salt works too). Soak the item in the mixture. As soon as the tarnish disappears, remove it and rinse it under running water.
  • Wrap the stem of a banana with aluminum foil to make it last longer.

More ways of reusing aluminum foil:

Learn about different carts here:

Word of the day:

Tarnish: the loss of brightness or color

The City of Calgary has a residential recycling and disposal search tool. Check out the “What Goes Where” list here: