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Steel packaging recovery goes from strength to strength

Corus CanRoute system has smashed its monthly record and in total has collected over 28,000 tonnes of packaging during the first eight months of 2006.

The August steel packaging recovery total of 5,000 tonnes is the highest since the initiative was launched in 1999 and suggests that it is going from strength to strength. In total 700 million cans have been collected this year which is a rise of 20% on the same period in 2005.

Corus Steel Packaging Recycling manager David Williams said: We are delighted that the CanRoute system is working so well. We have received some great feedback from local authorities, who like the fact it is so straightforward and accessible.

There are 14 CanRoute centres situated throughout the country and local authorities and collectors are able to deliver cans to convenient locations, with steel packaging currently fetching £90/tonne.

The centres operated by leading steel processing companies then store and bale the cans before delivering them to Corus in the correct physical and chemical form for recycling.

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 the steel that is collected.

By continuing to work closely with local authorities and investing Packaging Recovery Note revenue into recycling schemes throughout the UK, even more steel will be collected and the steel recycling infrastructure will improve further.

More information on the CanRoute system and a list of centres throughout the UK can be found at

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