Go Green with Tinplate

Governing Regulations

  • Any material which comes in direct contact with food or likely to come in contact with food used for packaging, preparation, storing, wrapping, transportation and sale or service of food shall be of food grade quality.
  • Packaging materials shall be able to withstand mechanical, chemical or thermal stress encountered during normal transportation.
  • Tin containers once used, shall not be re-used for packaging of food.
  • Every food business operator shall obtain the certificate of conformity issued by NABL accredited laboratory against food regulations for their packaging material.
  • A utensil or container made of the following materials or metals, when used in the preparation, packaging and storing of food shall be deemed unfit for human consumption, if containers are rusty, enameled containers are chipped and rusty, copper or brass containers which are not properly tinned, or containers made of aluminium not conforming in chemical composition to IS:20.
  • All containers shall be securely packed and sealed.
  • The exterior of the cans shall be free from major dents, rust, perforations and seam distortions.
  • Cans shall be free from leaks.
  • Bottling or filling of containers with heat-treated milk and milk product shall be carried out mechanically and the sealing of the containers shall be carried out automatically.
  • Sealing shall be carried out in the establishment in which the last heat-treatment of drinking milk or liquid milk-base products has been carried out, immediately after filling, by means of a sealing device which ensures that the milk is protected from any adverse effects of external origin on its characteristic. The sealing device shall be so designed that once the container has been opened, the evidence of opening remains clear and easy to check.
  • Wrapping or packaging may not be re-used for dairy products, except where the containers are of a type which may be re-used after thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Steel for packaging end uses - Cold Reduced Electrolytic Tinplate & Cold Reduced Chromium & Chromium oxide-coated Steel (also known as Tin Free Steel) – must conform to relevant Indian Standards (Is 1993:2018 & IS 12591:2018 respectively)
  • Cans, Closures, Battery components made from Electrolytic Tinplate (ETP) or Tin Free Steel must be made from ETP or TFS conforming to relevant Is Standards & need to be accompanied by test certificate of the input material

Eco Efficiency

Recycling helps to save energy and raw materials, reducing CO2 emissions and waste generated from raw materials extraction. Owing to its recyclable properties it is considered to be the most environment friendly packaging medium and hence evoked positive consumer mindshare.

  • Recycled tinplate saves 1.5x its weight of CO2 emissions.
  • 75% of steel products ever made are still in use today (World Steel).
  • Metal packaging continuously reduces its impact on climate change.
  • 50% and 30% reduction in impact on climate change over the 2006-2018 and 2000-2018 periods respectively.
  • Over 4 million tonnes of CO2 was saved by recycling 2.8MT of steel packaging in 2019.

Infinitely Sustainable

Tinplate offers better environmental performance overall, compared to other materials used for the same purpose. Tinplate holds a unique position as a sustainable packaging material because it is 100% recyclable. A significant proportion of all the steel in a can comes from recycled sources. Tinplate can be recycled over and over again, indefinitely, without any loss of its inherent properties.


Steel is the most recycled packaging material worldwide, it can be recycled multiple times without losing its properties


More than 70% of steel packaging is recycled in developed world


Recycled packaging steel is reused in making new steel thus saving energy and Saves one and half times of its weight in CO2 emission


Steel’s magnetic property makes it easier to recover from waste dumps & 100% of packaging steel is recyclable


Recycled steel is contamination-free since production temperatures are very high & each steel plant is a recycling plant since steel making process needs steel scrap


Recycled packaging steel can be re-used in cars, buildings and packaging & Every fresh steel has a guaranteed recycled steel content