Did you know, over 230 million cans, foil trays and aerosols are thrown out every year in Bristol?
These metals are endlessly recyclable so we've launched: Metal Matters. This citywide campaign aims to make sure every last one makes it into your green recycling boxes so they can transform into something new.
We want to encourage all our residents to think about metal packaging found throughout their home, not just in the kitchen but also in the bathroom, bedroom and garages. Food and drink cans, foil and empty aerosols are all easily and endlessly recyclable. Don’t forget every can recycled saves enough energy to run a TV for four hours, so a small action like putting your empty bean can into your green recycling box, can make a big difference.
Teaming up with the metal packaging manufacturing industry the ‘Make Your Metals Matter’ campaign will target all 197,000 households across the city.
We're reminding residents to recycle all of your metal packaging found around your home, including drink cans, foil trays, empty aerosols, metal screw tops & wrapping foil. The average household uses 144 metres of foil per year and many people do not realise that this can be recycled.
If all of the metal packaging used in Bristol’s homes each year was collected for recycling it would save around 6,324 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to taking over 1,345 cars off the city’s streets for a year.
Used metal packaging can be recycled into new products at a far lower cost to the environment than making them from raw materials. Making cans from recycled material saves up to 95% of the energy, and greenhouse gas emissions, needed to make both aluminium and steel from scratch. What’s more, every time metal passes through the recycling loop, the benefits are repeated, again and again and again. In fact, enough energy is saved by recycling two cans to power a computer for 12 hours!
The Bristol campaign is being jointly funded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging and Bristol Waste. MetalMatters campaigns have run in 81 local authority areas and reached over 5 million households since 2012. The programme is managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) on behalf of the funding partners.
Look out for leaflets through your door, signage on our vehicles and the back of buses. Also listen up to your local radio and tv stations as the message is going out far and wide.
Any questions then feel free to drop us a line.