How cans are recycled

Step 1 - stacked cans

Step 1

Empty cans are collected with your recycling and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they are separated into steel and aluminium.  They are then crushed, baled and sent to reprocessors.

Step 2 - furnace

Step 2

At the reprocessing plant the cans are put into a furnace and heated to very high temperatures until completely melted.

Step 3 - rolled metal

Step 3

The molten metal is formed into large blocks, which are cooled and rolled into giant coils of very thin metal.

Step 4 - tins and cans

Step 4

These coils are used to create all sorts of new products, including new food and drinks cans and aerosols!

Watch our animated video to see more:

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