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 and foil are collected by Tandom – a reprocessing facility based in Cheshire. Here the aluminium is shredded and passes over magnet screens to remove any contamination. Any aluminium suitable for direct melting is melted in a furnace along with other grades of aluminium scrap to be made into aluminium alloy ingots. The aluminium alloy ingots are then made into new aluminium products such as car parts, predominantly in the UK and sometimes Germany.
Visit the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (ALUPRO) website to find out more.
Last updated: Thu 12 September, 2019 @ 10:52