If you use aluminum trays for cooking they can be reused over and over again. Simply soak them in warm soapy water and then scrub them clean to remove any food from the aluminum tray. This simple change will help save the environment and keep money in your wallet.
However, we recommend using baking trays or oven proof dishes instead of foil trays because they are easier to clean in a dishwasher or by hand.
Most curbside recycling collections in New Jersey do not accept aluminum foil for recycling but aluminum foil may be accepted at your local municipal recycling center. Where aluminum foil is accepted it must be thoroughly cleaned to remove any food or other organic material to prevent contamination of the recycled product. Dirty aluminum foil will not be accepted by the recycling centers. Given that you need to wash it before it can be recycled it makes more sense to reuse the foil yourself instead of recycling it.
The exception to this rule is when the foil has been used to wrap uncooked meat products. Under this circumstance the foil should not be reused because it may be contaminated with bacteria so we recommend cleaning the aluminum foil and arranging for it to be recycled.
Check out your local town or county recycling website to find out if you can recycle aluminum foil in your area.