Manchester residents urged to make their metals matter

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Recycle for Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council have joined forces with the metal packaging and recycling industry to launch a new campaign to urge people living in Manchester to make their ‘metals matter’ by encouraging them to recycle more.

The new campaign aims to help people understand what can be recycled and explain what happens to the metals collected, in particular the metal packaging they use at home.

In Manchester, residents use over 200 million metal food tins, drink cans and empty aerosols every year*, and each one is endlessly recyclable.

The ‘make your metals matter’ recycling campaign has been developed following research that shows people aren’t always aware that their used metal packaging will be transformed into new valuable everyday items when collected for recycling.

As part of the campaign, leaflets explaining how people can boost the area’s recycling rates have started arriving in homes across Manchester last week. There will also be an event, where residents can find out more about the campaign on Saturday 11th October 10am – 4pm at ASDA, Princess Road, Hulme.

Cllr Kevin Peel, Deputy Chair of Recycle for Greater Manchester, said:

"We’re calling on local residents to make their metals matter and help increase Greater Manchester’s recycling performance. We are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and we hope the campaign will encourage our residents to recycle more. An empty drinks can could be recycled and back on sale as another can in just 60 days, saving energy and natural resources in the process. So a small action like putting your can in the recycling bin will make a big difference."


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