Household steel and aluminium packaging is sorted using magnets.
Aluminium waste is sent to multiple destinations such as Novellis in Warrington, SWM in Barnstable, and Alutrade in the Midlands where it is recycled into new aluminium cans.
Used aluminium cans are recycled, reprocessed, remade and ready for resale in approximately 60 days. In a year, a can could be recycled eight times, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans.
Steel tins and aerosol cans are sent to a facility in South Wales where they are recycled into new steel products.
Recycled steel can be found in a huge variety of products, including bicycle frames, pipes, train tracks, ship hulls, cars, bridges and paperclips as well as new household tins and cans.