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Corus finds benefits in Big Recycle

A survey by Corus and Asda has found that kerbside collection is the most popular method of encouraging recycling.

The steel giant and the supermarket chain surveyed people in towns close to four of Corus' reprocessing sites in Middlesborough, Rotherham, Scunthorpe and Swansea as part of the celebrations of the Big Recycle, held last week.

When asked what method of recycling steel would be most convenient and what would encourage more people to recycle, 41% said a kerbside collection would be best with 38% suggesting a publicity campaign to recycle steel.

Corus Steel Packaging Recycling manager John May said the survey showed the importance of the Big Recycle. He said: "The results of this research have provided us with good insight into the views of the wider UK population.

"Initiatives such as the Big Recycle play a fundamental role in helping to increase further the volume of household waste recycled across the country. Local authorities are also in a key position to influence recycling activity by providing the public with information on which products to recycle and where to find recycling facilities."

Respondents were also asked what they recycle. Newspapers were the most recycled product with 80% of people saying they recycled them, then glass bottles (63%), metal cans (54%), textiles/clothes (52%), garden waste (48%), plastic bottles (43%), cardboard (41%) and batteries (14%).

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