There are a lot of misconceptions about food packaged in cans. We hope that these facts will help our consumers understand how safe, nutritious and flavorful canned foods can be and that canned foods should be an integral part of your life.
Fact #01: The steel can is the most recycled food container in the U.S.!
Metals can be recycled without loss of their metallurgic properties and can be used again and again to form new packaging and other products. The steel can recycling rate has risen from 15% in 1988 to 67% in 2010. [ 1, 2] In 2005, 18 million steel cans were recycled, which is more than 1.4 million tons of steel.
Because metal is able to be recycled over-and-over again, it is the only material that is considered to be a closed-loop packaging material. Other materials such as plastic and paper degrade as they are recycled, but because the atoms in metal are linked by metallic bonds, it never degrades.
The steel industry is one of the most sustainability driven industries in the world. The steel industry, globally, spends more than €12 billion annually on improving the manufacturing process, new product development and future breakthrough technologies.  It was the only significant U.S. industry that reduced total energy consumption while increasing production from 1990 to 2008! Steel is the only material in the world that guarantees to have recycled content.
About 75,000 gallons of water is required to produce one ton of steel.  This means that for one ton of steel recycled, 30,000 gallons of water is saved. In the U.S. alone, more than 83 million tons of steel were recycled in 2007!
Even in America, fifty million people struggle to find their next meal. With this many cans of food, and the amount of fresh and frozen food produced in the U.S., no one should go hungry. Go to feedingamerica.org to find a place in your town to donate your canned food.