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Metal Matters

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).

Metal Matters Graph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Metal Matters

 

Metal Recycling

 

Find out more about what can go in your orange lidded bin.

Find out about Barkers Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre.

 


Metal Reprocessing

Metal Facts

 

 

  • 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 UK.

 

  • 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 today.

 

  • 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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