Why
Steel?

Thanks to their inherent strength and magnetic qualities, products like Steel Chill-Cups™ are much easier for Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) to sort, resulting in the highest recycling rate of all food containers.

Hand holding up a steel cup

Steel By The Numbers

(2022 Can Manufacturers Institute)

Steel makes food cans the #1 most recycled food package in the U.S. That's why we introduced the steel disposable party cup, which allows you to chill guilt-free at your next party. Let's make Steel Chill-Cups the most recycled disposable cup.

Steel Chill-Cups™ are made with up to 35% recycled content, and 100% of the Steel Chill-Cup™ is recyclable

Steel is infinitely recyclable. As a result, 75% of all steel ever produced is still in use today

Recycling 1 ton of steel cans conserves 2,500 lbs. of iron ore, 1,400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs. of lime stone

New steel produced with recycled cans reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75%

When it comes to recycling rates, steel is the clear winner.

Steel Cans:

58% 2022 Can Manufacturers Institute

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) Beverage Bottles:

27.9% 2019 NAPCOR

Cartons:

18% 2019 Carton 
Council

Aluminum Beverage Cans:

46.1% 2019 CMI/AA 
2020 KPI report

Beverage Glass:

26.6% 2017 EPI

Flexibles:

2% Waste-Away Group, Ltd.

Why We Use Steel

Strength

It's infinitely recyclable

According to the EPA, steel cans have the highest recycling rate of 58% and can be infinitely recycled which is why 75% of all steel ever produced is still in use today.

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Magnetic Properties

It's 100% recyclable

Unlike plastics or any other material, steel is easily sorted from recycling streams — meaning if you put it in your recycling bin you can feel confident it will get recycled.

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Sustainable

#1 ranking with the highest recycling rate

of all food packaging in the U.S.

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