Monday, 29 October 2012
Did you know how important metal recycling is?
Recycling metal saves a huge amount of energy because the raw materials don't have to be dug out of the ground. Here is the information about kerbside metal recycling from Shropshire Waste website: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/waste.nsf 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. You can recycle the following metal items at kerbside: cans tins empty aerosols foil foil trays 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. 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! What happens to Shropshire's recycled metal? To make collection more efficient for everyone, metal packaging gets collected mixed with the plastics and so first it has to go to Veolia's Materials Recycling Facility in Wolverhampton to be separated using special magnets. The metal needs further sorting into the steel and aluminium fractions before they can be recycled. Steel goes to AGM in South Wales to be melted down in a furnace to make new steel. It goes into a variety of manufacturing processes. It could end up as a steel girder in a building, or a bicycle or a kettle or a washing machine or baked bean tins - the possibilities are endless! Aluminium goes to the Novelis closed-loop recycling plant in Cheshire where it is primarily used to make more cans. All metal is recyclable ...but unfortunately we cannot currently collect it all from the kerbside… Please dont put metal items like pots and pans, empty paint tins, bikes, garden tools, door handles, nuts and bolts etc. out for collection! You can still recycle them all but you just need to take them up to Battlefield and put them in the scrap metal bay at the Household Recycling Centre. http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/waste.nsf/open/1536bb96cc150f2580257021004523da