Metal recyclers have a "massive role" to play in reducing energy consumption according to scrap recycler Sims Metal. Sims recovers ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which it uses in the production of steel, aluminium and copper instead of producing these materials from scratch. World-wide, Sims recovers more than nine million tonnes of metal from 130 international sites saving enough energy to power almost three million homes. This is enough energy to power every home across London for a year. Sims Metal managing director Tom Bird said: "The figures we are talking about are huge. They dwarf the carbon-busting measures talked about by the majority of other big organisations and demonstrate the massive role that the metal recycling sector continues to play in reducing energy consumption." He added: "These numbers prove again the powerful effects that recycling can have on the reduction of energy consumption one aluminium can made from ore uses the same energy to produce 20 aluminium cans from recycled material whilst also limiting the impact on the planets natural resources."