Aluminum or Tin?

One question I get asked often is “what’s the difference between tin cans and aluminum cans?”. In fact, I often hear people using the terms as if they’re interchangeable. Tin cans are usually used in packaging food like soup, vegetables, and Spaghetti O’s, while aluminum cans are usually used for beverages like soda or beer. There are always exceptions of course. For example, tuna fish and pet foods often come in aluminum containers while fruit juices and punch often come in large tin cans. The easiest way to tell the difference is to use a magnet. Tin cans are made of steel and will stick to a magnet. Aluminum cans are not affected by magnetic forces. If you’re selling your cans for recycling you want to keep the two kinds seperate. If you don’t have a magnet, drop by our office and ask the cashier for a complimentary one.

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