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Cans boost collection tonnages by 40%, says recycler

Including cans in household recycling collections helps local authorities hit their recycling targets faster, a plastics recycler said this week.

Baylis Recycling takes 100 tonnes per week in mixed plastics and cans collections from local authorities across the Home Counties, and managing director Chris Baylis said: "Our mixed stream recycling capability helps councils to reach their recycling targets more quickly, as the weight of mixed plastic bottles and cans is typically 40% higher than plastics alone."

Steel packaging recycler Corus this week joined forces with Baylis and paid for an industrial magnet and can baler at the plastics recycler's £3 million plant in Slough, Hertfordshire.

The equipment will allow Baylis to extract an estimated 1,500 tonnes of steel per year.

Corus recycling development representative Stephen Howard said: "Corus is delighted to be able to supply Baylis with new equipment to help increase the efficiency of their sorting process.

"The increase in extracted steel tonnages that has already been achieved is testament to the recycling performance of steel packaging materials."

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