Metal Matters

Metal packaging is 100% recyclable. Not just once: It can be recycled over and over again, into a huge variety of products. Every time it is recycled it saves natural resources, energy and cuts greenhouse gas emissions. Best of all, it doesn't take a lot of effort on your part to make a big difference.

Evidence from around Shrewsbury shows that over 75% of residents are joining in with the recycling collections which is great, but most people arent making full use of the system.  For example we get alot of drinks cans put out for recycling, but much less food tins (which require additional effort in terms of cleansing) and there appears to be limited awareness that people can add things like aerosol cans, metal foil packaging e.g. foil trays from pies and quiches and tin foil as well.

But all of that can be added to your recycling with your cans and it's really important that we recycle every last scrap of metal, because all metal is precious.  Metal recycling is one the most environmentally beneficial bits of recycling you can do.  In fact if you put just two extra metal cans in your recycling box you'll save enough energy to power your TV set for 12 hours!

So just drop your cans, aerosols, tins and foil in the recycling box - not the rubbish bin. It's as easy as that!  We'll pick it up and arrange for it to be sent to UK reprocessors and within a week or so your metal could be starting a new life as a steel girder, a bicycle, a fizzy drinks can or even an aeroplane - the possibilities are endless!

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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