Metal recycling

Metal is endlessly recyclable – every last bit can be turned into something else, again and again.

The food and drink cans and other metal packaging items you recycle could end up being transformed into anything else. They might become a designer watch or an iPod, a washing machine or even a new bus!

It's good for the environment – recycling metal saves energy, cuts greenhouse gas emissions, and saves on landfill space.

And it’s easy – just make sure you drop waste metal into your blue recycling bin, not the rubbish bin. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint, and the more of us that do it, the more the benefits will add up.

What happens to the metal you recycle

The empty can you recycle today could be back on the supermarket shelf as another can in as little as 60 days!

Blue bin recycling cycle

The cans, foil and empty aerosols you recycle are taken to a sorting facility near Waterbeach. There, the latest technology is used to separate the different metals before they are sent elsewhere for reprocessing. The metal is melted and cast into cast into ingots, which can be used in manufacturing.

The recycled metal is then used to produce all sorts of items – some of which might be recycled again.

That’s why it’s so important to do your bit – every piece of metal packaging you recycle will be used again and again for years to come. And every time it’s recycled we save energy, cut emissions, and reduce landfill areas and costs.

Recyclable items

Please put the following in your blue recycling bin:

  • Drink cans
  • Food tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Empty aerosols
  • Foil
  • Foil trays
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Metal bottle caps and lids

Please make sure aerosols are empty, and foil and food tins have been wiped or rinsed. Don’t worry about removing labels, and just put the lid inside, if there is one.

These items can’t go in your recycling bin, but can be recycled at your nearest household recycling centre:

  • Empty paint tins and lids
  • Pots and pans
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Door handles
  • Bikes
  • Electrical items

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