Most food cans are made out of steel. Some drinks cans are too
But most are made from aluminium. You can tell the difference by using a magnet. Steel is magnetic but aluminium isn't.
Other steel items can be recycled at the Household Waste and Recycling Sites as scrap metal.
Where does it go
We sell the steel cans we collect from the kerbside to a reprocessor called Clearpoint based in Harrogate.
Recycled steel cans are usually used to make more cans - but they can also be used to make bicycles and even bridges.
More on steel recycling
Producing steel from recycled material saves 75% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin material.
For every tonne of steel cans recycled 1.5 tonnes of iron ore, 0.5 tonnes of coal and 40% of water required in the production process is saved.
For more on recycling steel visit the Steel Can Recycling Information Bureau (SCRIB).
Last updated: Tue 26 June, 2018 @ 14:29