How cans are recycled
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.
At the reprocessing plant the cans are put into a furnace and heated to very high temperatures until completely melted.
The molten metal is formed into large blocks, which are cooled and rolled into giant coils of very thin metal.
These coils are used to create all sorts of new products, including new food and drinks cans and aerosols!
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- Did you know the UK uses around 12 million cans a year? That's enough to stretch to the moon and back!
- Recycling just 1 aluminium can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours!