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Can facts


Lots of the food and drink we buy are in cans made from
either aluminium or steel.

Did you know aluminium and steel cans can be recycled over
and over again, so recycling your cans is one of the
best things you can do for the environment.


Recycled cans

Aluminium drinks cans are often recycled, made into new cans, filled and are back in the shops in just six weeks.

Steel can be recycled over and over again and because it is used to make so many things, the uses of recycled steel are endless. These include:

  • Bicycle frames
  • Pipes
  • Train tracks
  • Ship hulls
  • Cars
  • Bridges
  • Paperclips
  • Food and drinks cans


Did you know...?

  • Every steel can is 100% recyclable. It can be recycled over and over again.

  • Just one recycled aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for 3 hours or light a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours!

  • If everyone recycled all their aluminium cans there would be 14 million fewer dustbins to be landfilled every year!

  • 13 billion steel cans are produced each year in the UK. If you put them together end-to-end they'd stretch to the moon three times!

  • 2.5 Billion cans get recycled every year.