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Steel can collectors given £30/tonne boost

Organisations and companies that collect steel cans for Corus are to be given a £30/tonne increase in the payments they receive.

The substantial rise is a result of an increase in worldwide demand for used steel and follows a year of significant progress for Corus, with steel packaging recycling through the CanRoute system rising by 45% in 2005.

With CanRoute centres located throughout the country, Corus will begin paying the increased rate from April 10, with the amount then passed on in full to collectors.

The rise will be welcome news for all local authorities, waste management and collection companies who currently sell steel packaging to Corus through the regional network of centres it set up in June 1999.

Corus manager John May said: “CanRoute had a record year in 2005, with 36,341 tonnes of steel recovered- a 45% increase on 2004.

“Much of this increase can be attributed to a greater number of local authorities collecting steel through their kerbside recycling schemes, and increasing awareness among householders of the need to recycle their household waste.”

In all, there are 14 centres located throughout the UK. These are operated by leading steel processing companies and receive, check quality, store and bale steel cans before delivering them to Corus in the correct physical and chemical form for reprocessing.

May added: “With local authorities and other collectors now entitled to £90 per tonne for steel cans delivered to CanRoute collection centres, the total value of steel cans in the domestic waste stream is now well over £40 million per annum.

“CanRoute continues to play a vital role in helping to ensure that the UK hits its 54% target for steel packaging recycling in 2008.”

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