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By Amy MacDonnell on 11 October 2018

A series of roadshows are to be held as part of a campaign to boost the recycling of metal packaging by residents in the East Riding.

Over the next two months waste and recycling officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be visiting Goole, Pocklington and Snaith to spread the word about the Make Your Metals Matter scheme.

A trial is currently being held in the Goole, Howden, Pocklington and Market Weighton areas to encourage residents to recycle more of their metal waste - including cans, tins, aerosols foil and foil trays – in their blue bins.

The council has joined forces with MetalMatters, an industry partnership made up of the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging, to run the campaign.

Leaflets including tips and advice on how to recycle metals at home have been delivered to 40,000 residents in the Goole, Howden, Pocklington and Market Weighton areas this month.

The first recycling roadshows will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 11 October, 10am-1pm – East Riding Leisure Francis Scaife, Pocklington
  • Thursday 18 October, 10am-1pm – Snaith Library
  • Tuesday 6 November, 10am-1pm – The Junction, Goole
  • Wednesday 14 November, 10am-1pm – Goole Library      
  • Thursday 13 December, 10am-1pm – Sainsbury’s store, Pocklington

Look out for more recycling roadshows to come.

At each event, the council’s waste and recycling officers will be on hand to offer advice and information about recycling and household bins, but particularly about the recycling of metal packaging.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “Residents have made the East Riding national leaders in recycling, but we know there is more we can do to push our recycling to even higher levels.

“So we are holding these roadshow events to help get the message across that every can, aerosol or piece of foil you put in your blue bin really does make a difference.”

The council is encouraging residents to recycle all of the metal packaging found around their home, including:

  • Food and drink cans
  • Foil trays
  • Empty aerosols
  • Biscuit and sweet tins
  • Metal lids from glass bottles and jars
  • Clean household aluminium wrapping foil – used for baking or wrapping leftovers.

Please make sure they are all empty before placing in your blue bin.

Over a year, the average household uses approximately 600 food tins, 380 drink cans, 27 aerosols and 182 foil trays – but less than half of these items are going into the blue recycling bin.

By putting all metal packaging in your blue bin, this would help us to recycle a further 1,200 tonnes of metal each year.

The metal they are made from is endlessly recyclable and the council is determined to make sure every last one makes it into your blue recycling bin so they can be transformed into something new.

The MetalMatters programme is managed by Alupro, the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation.

Rick Hindley, executive director of project managers Alupro, said: “It is great to be able to work in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to promote the recycling of metal packaging in the Goole, Howden, Pocklington and Market Weighton areas.

“This campaign has delivered significant increases in the amount of metal packaging collected for recycling in other parts of the UK, so we are aiming to repeat – and hopefully better this – in the Goole, Howden, Pocklington and Market Weighton areas”

For more information on recycling visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/bins

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