Photo caption: Metal Matters! Children from Marpool Primary School taking part in a workshop with Nicola Jones, (back, right) from Tata Steel and Kate Cole, (back, centre) programme manager for the MetalMatters campaign from Alupro.

Metal recycles forever!

East Devon’s award-winning recycling residents are being invited to step up to the challenge and recycle more cans and tins every week so the metal  can be transformed into something new.

The district council and its partners SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, are taking part in a campaign calling on residents to recycle more of their drinks cans, food tins, deodorant cans, aluminium food trays, foil and metal jar and bottle lids in their green recycling sacks which are collected every week from the kerbside.

The district’s 69,000 householders are among the best recyclers in the country and now recycle around 63% of their waste through kerbside collections and recycling centres. Recently the district won an international Green World Ambassador award from the Green Organisation, which promotes environmental issues across the globe.

However, while our residents are recycling most of their metals they still put 200 tonnes of valuable steel and aluminium in their grey wheeled bins.

Metals are the most valuable items that are collected in our kerbside recycling collections and the magical thing about metal is that it is 100% recyclable. There’s no limit to the number of times it can be recycled and turned into new things. Recycling metals is both good for the environment and saves money – recycling a can uses 20 times less energy than making a new one.

All households in the district have received a leaflet over the last few weeks as part of the MetalMatters campaign showing them the metals that they can collect, and explaining why they are so valuable and what happens to them.

Roadshows and primary school workshops have also been held to help people understand why recycling metals is so important.

All metals collected in East Devon are separated and baled at the council’s new sorting plant at Greendale Barton before being sent to processors around the country.

MetalMatters is an industry partnership involving leading producers, users and recyclers in the UK and is managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) on behalf of these funding partners

If you’re interested in recycling more of your waste, why don’t you take a look at our website, - www.eastdevon.gov.uk/recycling - which is packed with information.

The council also has a really useful smart phone app, which will send reminders about recycling and waste collection days tailored to your own address. The East Devon mobile app is free and is available to download for iphone users from the Apple App Store and for Android smart phone users from the Google Play Store.

For further information on East Devon’s recycling and waste service call us on 01395 571515.