Most recycling places accept metal cans for recycling. Soda cans, food cans, coffee cans. All you have to do is clean out any food debris and place it in your recycle bin.
Unfortunately aluminum foil and food trays can’t be recycled. So one way to eliminate this waste is to store all your left overs in glass or plastic containers that you can reuse. Only use aluminum foil when you absolutely have to. For grilling you can use a flat pan instead of foil. That way, no waste!
There are rumors that removing the tabs from soda cans will collect you more money at the recycling centers, but it isn’t true. The tabs are made from the same metal as the can. Some charities like Ronald McDonald house and the Shriners Hospital for children do take tab donations, but it doesn’t fetch them any more money than the whole can would. A million can tabs has a recycle value of about $366 dollars in the US. To me, it’s better to just recycle the whole can. No worries about separating the tabs or anything.