Success of Metal Matters Campaign
Thanks to the hard work of Bedford Borough residents, we have
increased our metal recycling rate!
A campaign called 'Metal Matters' was launched in April 2013
which involved leaflets, collection vehicle branding and stands
outside supermarkets and in the town centre.
The aim was not only to encourage residents to recycle
their metals but to also increase knowledge about what happens to
metals once collected. For instance the images produced show what
items cans, tins and aerosols could be turned into, including high
end, valuable products such as kettles and watches.
The below graph shows metal recycling rates for 2012/13 and
2013/14 (the year when the campaign was carried out).
Find out more about what can go in your
orange lidded bin.
Find out about Barkers Lane
Household Waste Recycling Centre.
- Recycling seven steel cans saves enough energy to power a
60-watt light bulb for 26 hours.
- All steel cans contain up to 25% recycled steel.
- All cans are 100% recyclable. They can be recycled over and
over again, into anything from cars and bicycles to more cans.
- Around 12.5 billion steel cans are used annually in the
- In 2010/11, 250,000 tonnes of metal cans were recycled in the
UK with a value of approximately £27 million – that’s the weight
equivalent of more than 35,700 adult bull African elephants!
- 75% of the aluminium ever made is still in productive use
- In a whole year, an individual drinks can could be recycled
eight times, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans.
- The UK produces over 9 billion drinks cans every year. 80% are
made of aluminium.
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