Empty tins and cans

What happens to your recycling?

How is metal recycled?

Watch this video to find out what happens to the tins and cans you send for recycling:

How is aluminium recycled?

  • Aluminium cans are shredded.
  • They are then melted in a huge furnace.
  • The molten metal is poured into ingot casts to set. Each ingot can be made into around 1.5 million cans.

How is steel recycled?

  • Steel cans are put into a furnace.
  • Oxygen is then blasted into the furnace which heats up to around 1700°C.
  • The liquid metal is poured into a mould to form big slabs which are then rolled into coils.
  • These coils are used to make all sorts of steel products such as bikes, cars, bridges, paperclips or even new food and drink cans.

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