Food tins, Drink cans and Mixed plastics are collected together in one bag/liner or bin.

Should you choose to use our services, we will arrange a collection schedule to remove the materials for recycling and take to a materials recycling facility (MRF) for sorting and grading. Once segregated and undergoing various stages of decontamination and further separation the items will be reused in the manufacturing of new products.

The amendments in September 2011 to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations to include the ‘Waste Hierarchy’* means:
That waste producers have to adopt an order of priority when managing their waste prior to disposal.
From January the 1st 2015, waste producers will need to ensure their waste can be collected separately.

*Waste Hierarchy – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Energy Recovery, Landfill.

Aluminium Drink Cans

Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust found in bauxite. But the smelting and refining of aluminium requires significant energy consumption.

In 1808 the English scientist Sir Humphry Davy first called it alumium.
In 1812 he renamed it aluminum, this was later changed to aluminium to relate to other elements ending in  “ium”.

Why Recycle

20 aluminium cans can be recycled using the same amount of energy it takes to create one new can.

Recycling aluminium makes both cost effective and environmental sense as it can be recycled again and again without loss of properties and avoiding associated green house gasses.

A can thrown away today, will still be a can in 500 years from now.

Aluminium is the biggest energy saver of all, saving 64,300 Kilowatt hours per ton of reclaimed material.

What happens next?

The cans are ground and shredded into small chips before being melted and cast into ingots. The ingots are sent to manufacturing plants where they are moulded or rolled into sheets that can be shaped into various products.


Food Tins

A brief history of the Tin-Can

In 1810 the Frenchman Nicholas Appert  discovered by partially cooking food, sealing it in a glass bottle using a cork stopper, then immersing in boiling water, expelling any air inside kept the food inside preserved.

The same year British merchant, Peter Durand was granted a patent for an iron container, that he coated with tin to prevent rusting and the lid soldered on to make it air tight.

In 1812 Bryan Donkin and John Hall, brought the patent for £1000 pounds and went on to open up the first canning factory in England producing six cans per hour.

Later in 1846 Henry Evans invented a canning machine that made 60 cans per hour.

The first tin-cans used were so thick they had to be hammered open.

Tin-cans are not made out of tin as this would be far too expensive, instead a steel can is coated with a thin layer of tin.

Why Recycle

Reclaimed tin saves an estimated 2,600 Kilowatt hours per ton.

Reclaimed Steel saves an average of 4,300 Kilowatt hours per ton or 47% of the energy required to process steel from raw materials.

What happens next?

The tin coating is removed with a caustic de-tinning solution by electrolysis. The remaining steel is rinsed, baled and sent to a steel mill.

We can supply a full range of recycling containers for rental or purchase (see RECYCLING BINS).

Food Tins & Drink Cans Recycling Stickers

For more information about this and any other services and products we supply:

T: 01702 511671