Leeds residents are being encouraged to leave metal screw caps on glass bottles and jars when recycling them at the city’s bottle banks.
People can screw the aluminium tops back on empty bottles before dropping them off at recycling points and centres located across the city.
The ‘you can leave your cap on’ campaign has been designed by Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) to make sure that the aluminium caps from glass bottles such as wine, spirits and olive oil bottles are recycled.
Eye-catching stickers are being applied all 864 bottle bank sites in the city explaining why simply screwing the lid back on glass bottles can help us recycle more, and benefit the environment.
All aluminium and glass packaging is 100% recyclable; so every screw top, bottle and jar deposited in a glass bank can be transformed into something new, including more bottles, drink cans, mobile phones and even cars.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“The recycling potential of aluminium is enormous. Recycling the screw tops from glass bottles and jars is just as important as recycling the glass itself.
“With the festive season now fast-approaching it’s the ideal time to get into the habit of screwing caps back on and helping to boost our recycling figures.”
Thanks to modern recycling methods aluminium bottle tops are easier to recover for recycling when they are collected with the glass, so it is now possible to recycle and continue re-using this precious metal over and over again.
Rick Hindley, Alupro executive director, said:
“The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that we get in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be re-melted and re-used. Simply screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the simplest and easiest way for people to do their bit in recovering this valuable, sustainable and recyclable material.”
Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass, who are part-funding the Alupro campaign in association with the European Aluminium Foil Association’s (EAFA) Closure Group, said:
“We see this as an excellent campaign that both informs and helps the consumer to recycle as much as possible. It also highlights the important role bring banks play in getting good quality glass back into the system, helping saving energy and raw materials.”
So when you next recycle your empties from the night before, remember “You Can Leave Your Cap On!”
Notes to Editor:
• Funding for the “Caps and Closures” campaign is provided by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) Closure Group and British Glass, who are both seeking to improve the recycling rates of the materials (glass and aluminium).
• The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) is a not-for-profit company which represents the leading aluminium packaging producers, reprocessors, foil converters, can makers, fillers and brand owners in the UK. Members include the full spectrum of the aluminium packaging ‘loop’.
• Alupro acts as a voice on behalf of its members on issues of government policy and legislative development. It works to meet the industry’s obligation to both achieve and exceed recycling rates for aluminium packaging, currently set for 70% by 2020.
• Ultimately Alupro’s mission is to promote, develop and sustain aluminium as the preferred sustainable packaging material.
• Initiatives focus on partnerships with local authorities, the waste management industry and the wider community recycling sector, to develop and stimulate the UK’s collection infrastructure. Current programmes include Every Can Counts, MetalMatters and the 2013 Caps & Closures campaign.
• For further information on Alupro, contact the organisation on Tel: 01527 597757, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.alupro.org.uk
About British Glass:
• The British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation represents the interests of all sectors of the glass industry in the UK. Its main activity is in representing the industry at European, national and local level on a wide range of topical legislative issues. It also conducts independent research into all aspects of glass production and technology.