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Firework boxes seem to have a thin layer of metal foil on the outside, presumable to assist in fireproofing. Does this mean they can't be easily recycled?

There are probably some differences in capability between different recycling techniques, but perhaps the answer is a simple yes?

  • I'm guessing that if they are recyclable at all, it's as metal rather than as card (the card would be burnt off and the metal recovered). But I don't actually know that. – Flyto Nov 11 '13 at 6:12
  • This material can be theoretically recycled using similar techniques as Tetra Pak. – pabouk Nov 11 '13 at 8:25
  • @SimonWaldman, the foil layer is so thin that I doubt that anyone would bother recovering it. – Highly Irregular Nov 11 '13 at 20:00
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If you were to put that box in the recycling bin in our town, it would be taken out and pout with the cardboard. Technically, I see your point about the foil being valuable metal. But from a US recycling standpoint, the effort it would take to take out the foil by hand is too great. If you could separate the two elements, then that would solve the problem.

A great book just came out about Chinese recycling: Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter. They get all our waste that we can't afford to bother with.

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