Oxford residents urged to recycle and make their metals matter

Published: Monday, 22nd February 2016

Oxford City Council has launched a new recycling campaign to urge people living in Oxford to make their metals matter.

Every Oxford resident uses an estimated 79 cans, aerosols, aluminium foil trays and wrapping foil in their homes every year – all of which can be recycled.

Used metal packaging can be recycled endlessly into new products at a far lower cost to industry – and the environment – than making them from raw materials.

But research has shown that people aren’t always aware that their used metal packaging, if recycled, will be transformed into new valuable everyday items.

The City Council has teamed up with the metal packaging manufacturing industry and recyclers to launch the MetalMatters campaign in Oxford and raise awareness for the importance of metal packaging recycling.

The following metal packaging can all be recycled in the blue bin:

  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Aluminium drinks cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Metal lids and bottle tops
  • Biscuit/sweet tins
  • Metal food tins

Food-soiled items, pots and pans, and large metal items cannot be recycled in the blue bin.

If recycled, the metal packaging can be turned into new kettles, watches, or electrical items such as music players and cameras.

If all the metal packaging used in the Oxford each year was collected for recycling it would save around 2,151 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent to taking more than 457 cars off the road for a year.

Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board Member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “We’re calling on Oxford residents to make their metals matter by recycling them.

“Recycling metal packaging will not only stop it from being wastefully incinerated, it will stop more metals from needlessly being dug out of the earth.

“Every can recycled saves enough energy to run a TV for four hours, so a small action like putting your empty bean tin in the recycling bag, box or bin can make a big difference.”

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of project managers Alupro, said: “It is great to be able to work in partnership with Oxford City Council to promote the recycling of metal packaging in Oxford.

“The MetalMatters programme has delivered significant increases in the volumes of metal packaging collected for recycling in other parts of the UK, so we’re aiming to repeat – and hopefully better this – in Oxford.”

The campaign is being jointly funded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging, and Oxford City Council.

MetalMatters is run by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) on behalf of the funding partners.

Recycling more metals in the blue bin will increase residents’ chance of their area winning the City Council’s Blue Bin Recycling League.

The new competition gives Oxford residents the chance to win money for themselves and community groups in their area just by increasing the amount they recycle in the blue bin.

For more information about recycling in Oxford, including the Blue Bin Recycling League, visit our Recycling and waste pages. Visit the the MetalMatters website for more information about the campaign.