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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!


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Recycling facts

  • 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!