I am an avid recycler - whenever I get the chance to recycle, I do it.

The only problem is, I can't mix materials when recycling.

I want to recycle the following:

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It's wrapping for candy - in this case Toblerone.

The outer layer looks like plastic, but the inner layer looks like aluminum (or maybe some other material).

Is this material solely plastic or is it mixed with something else?


As with most candy wrappers, it's a combination of plastic and aluminium also known as metallised plastic or metallised film. The material is hard to recycle because it's difficult to separate the two materials.

There are a few recyclers that accept this material (e.g.TerraCycle in the US and the UK or the Recycle program in Australia) but not many do. It's best to check with your local recycling company what to do with it, but chances are it will be incinerated or dumped on a landfill.

There is more information on the recycling issues of candy wrappers in this Earth911.com webpage

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