A partnership between the metals industry’s Aerofoil programme and materials recycler Recresco has brought foil recycling to three councils in Nottinghamshire.
During a six month trial, nine metal packaging recycling banks have been installed at sites across Mansfield and Ashfield, and four more are to be added in Broxtowe shortly.
As well as metal food and drink cans, the banks now collect foil trays and used sheet foil. If successful, the partners hope that the banks will become a permanent feature of the local recycling system.
Recresco national sales manager Fraser Macintyre said: “Metal packaging can be recycled endlessly without losing quality so it makes sense to collect cans and foil together.
“The recycling banks make it even easier for residents to recycle all their metal packaging – not just cans as was the case in the past.”
Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said: “Aerofoil has been helping local authorities to add clean foil and aerosols to their existing can recycling services by providing information and materials to set up and promote the service to residents. We use three billion foil containers in the UK every year – that’s about 182 per household.”
The Aerofoil campaign is backed by Unilever and the major aluminium foil container manufacturers Coppice Alupack, i2r Packaging Solutions, Jena and Nicholl Food Packaging. Other partners include the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) and steel packaging recycler Tata Steel.