Can We Recycle Bottle Caps and Lids?

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information

Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers!

Put small metal lids and small plastic lids in your black cart as garbage. Here are some tips:
  • If the lid is smaller than the palm of your hand, it belongs in the garbage.
  • If you take your beverage containers directly back to a bottle depot, it is ok to leave lids and caps on in that case.
  • Did you know that you can return empty beverage containers to a Bottle Depot for a refund? Learn more here: Bottle Depot Recycling Information
This includes:
  • Beer caps
  • Pop lids
  • Milk caps
  • Wine caps (including aluminum caps)
  • Bottle lids
  • Beverage lids

Why can’t metal lids and small plastic lids be recycled?

  • Even if they are made from a recyclable material, caps are too small and light to be sorted properly by the sorting machines at the recycling facility and end up contaminating other recyclables.

Word of the Day:

Contaminate: to make unfit for use by introducing unwanted elements
Learn about different carts here:

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