Improve Your Food Can IQ

There’s a lot to know about steel food cans.  Get detailed facts and figures about sustainability, recycling, consumer preferences, nutrition, economic impacts and more.

Feeding the world for over 200 years.

  • More than 1,500 food items come in steel cans
  • Canned fruits and veggies are picked and packed at the peak of ripeness, cooked quickly at high temperatures and sterilized in steel cans to keep nutrients in and impurities out
  • Canned goods are the most tamper-resistant food packaging option available today
  • Canned food is as nutritious as its fresh and frozen counterparts upon preparation


Steel food cans are the most recycled package.

  • Steel cans are made with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content.
  • Steel food cans can be recycled over and over without loss of quality
  • Approximately 20 billion steel cans were recycled into new products in 2008
  • Americans use more than 100 million steel cans every day
  • More than 600 steel cans are recycled every second in the U.S.
  • Steel food cans are 100% recyclable and contain a minimum of 25% recycled content
  • Recycling one ton of steel cans conserves 2500 lbs. of iron ore, 1400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs. of limestone for use by future generations
  • Every pound of steel cans recycled conserves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 26 hours

 For additional information, please visit www.CansGetYouCooking.com