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Corus release winning steel recycling formula

Corus have released the findings from their analysis of the UK's most successful local authority steel packaging schemes, demonstrating that a number of practices seem to have a significant positive impact on recycling rates.

The focus on 74 local authorities found that collecting fortnightly, co-mingling collections, offering kerbside coverage with in-house contractors and schemes that had been in operation for over three years yielded better results. It also found that around half are planning refuse restrictions such as sack limit or reduced bin size.

Data from the PackFlow Project was analysed to identify ways Corus can help local authorities to improve their kerbside recycling performance for steel packaging and to identify if further research into these trends is required.

Corus Steel Packaging Recycling commercial manager David Williams said: "The next stage of this exercise is to conduct further research into the factors which can influence the volume of steel packaging being recycled. Trends towards alternate collections, co-mingled collections and communications and promotional activity all influence recycling yield, so it is important that we develop a better understanding of these and other factors."

The analysis focused on authorities that collect over 3.5kg of steel packaging per household per year as this is the average household yield required to ensure the UK meets its 2008 steel recycling target of 54%.

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