Aluminium is a metal that has to be extracted from the earth’s core through mining. 86 percent of the drink cans sold in the UK are made from aluminium. It is a material that can be recycled again and again with no loss of quality. Aluminium recycling in Birmingham with the help of Collect & Recycle follows carefully planned out steps to recycle this ‘infinitely recyclable’ material.
Process of recycling
- Consumer disposes aluminium cans, foils and bottles in recycle bins.
- Aluminium is collected and taken to a Birmingham treatment plant.
- In the plant, aluminium is first sorted then cleaned.
- It goes through a re-melt process and turns into molten form, removing the coatings and ink present.
- Aluminium is then made into large blocks called ingots, each containing about 1.6 million drink cans.
- Ingots are then sent to mills to be rolled out, giving the material flexibility and strength.
- They are then made into aluminium products like cans, foils, and wrappings.
- In about 6 weeks, the recycled aluminium products are taken back at shops to be used again.
- Only 5 percent energy is used in the re-melting process.
- Reduces litter, thus reducing landfill space.
- Reduces hazardous waste disposal, therefore conserving nature.
- Saves greenhouse gases and reduces toxic emissions.
Benefits of Aluminium Recycling
Scrap metal recycling is essential to ensure that metals like aluminium and steel do not pollute the environment as industrial waste. Recycling aluminium also makes it cheaper for consumers to buy aluminium products. Scarcity in aluminium can lead to extraction, which will affect the prices of the products. Birmingham aluminium recycling aids in recycling aluminium repetitively to make sure it can form products of high quality, while also preserving nature and its resources.