Three-quarters of the drinks cans sold in this country are made from aluminium
Cans can be recycled into all sorts of useful new products - such as wire, airliner body parts, window frames, engine components, trains and bicycles.
It can of course also be recycling into new drinks cans. Recycling aluminium to make new cans gives a 95% energy saving. So it's worth the effort!
Unlike steel cans, they will not stick to a magnet - which is one way of telling them apart. There's also usually a special recycling symbol on the can somewhere.
Foil packaging (take away dishes, ready meal dishes, pie dishes, some yoghurt lids and cooking/wrapping aluminium foil) is also recyclable in the red box with your cans, tins and plastics - as long as it's clean.
To test if something is made from aluminium you can do the 'scrunch test' - aluminium foil will not spring back when scrunched up.
Plastic coated foil-like materials - like crisp packets and some chocolate wrappers - will spring back. You can't currently recycle these at the kerbside but the council offices are a collection point for the recycling of crisp packets. Please bring empty crisp packets into reception where you can place them in a designated bin.
Where does it go?
Aluminium cans, aerosol and foil from your red box are brought to our recycling depot and later collected by Real Alloy UK Ltd, an Aluminium Smelting Facility in Swansea.
Your aluminium waste is converted into aluminium alloy ingots which are then sold within the UK and across the European Union for use in the automotive, construction and packaging sectors.
It is significantly more efficient to recycle aluminium than to produce it from virgin material. Remelting aluminium uses only around 5% of the energy that would otherwise be used for primary production and it can be recycled any number of times without losing its original properties.
Therefore, it’s important you continue to recycle your aluminium!
Visit the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (ALUPRO) website to find out more.
Last updated: Tue 25 February, 2020 @ 14:55