Corus CanRoute system for recovering steel cans has achieved record tonnage levels, recent figures show. This year saw the highest monthly tonnage recorded since the CanRoute system was established in 1999 and an increase of 54% on the tonnage collected for the same period in 2006. In October alone, 7,707 tonnes of steel packaging were recovered compared to 5,002 tonnes in October last year. Corus Steel Packaging Recycling manager David Williams said: It is great that the CanRoute system is working so well. We have received some great feedback from our customers who like the fact that CanRoute is so straightforward and accessible. CanRoute offers a network of regional steel can recycling centres for local authorities, waste management companies and other collectors to trade cans in for cash. The recovered steel cans are then baled and recycled by Corus. Steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over. Williams added: We simply need to encourage consumers to recycle as much as possible so that, ultimately, targets for recycling are reached. The more steel cans we can collect from the household waste stream, the better. The huge end market for steel cans in this country means that there is always a use for all the steel that is collected. By continuing to work closely with local authorities and waste management companies, and by investing Packaging Waste Recovery Note (PRN) revenue into recycling schemes throughout the UK, even more steel will be collected and the steel recycling infrastructure will improve further.