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Leeds expands recycling offering with aerosol collection

Kerbside recycling collections in Leeds have been expanded from this week to include aerosol cans and foil trays.

Leeds City Council, together with support from the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) and the Aerofoil Campaign, rolled out the extended collection service to coincide with the start of Recycle Week.

Leeds City executive member for environmental services Tom Murray said: “This is an excellent addition to the range of items Leeds residents can now put in their green bins or bags. It is cost-effective as the aerosols can be sent for recycling alongside food and drinks cans for no extra charge to the Council.

“Aluminium and steel used in aerosols can be repeatedly recycled without losing quality, so this is a very effective way to help reduce landfill and cut the city’s carbon footprint.”

The Aerofoil Campaign, which provides free consultancy and communications resources to local authorities to help expand collections of aerosols and foil trays, is backed by Unilever, the British Aerosol Manufacturer’s Association (BAMA) and steel packaging recycler Corus.

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