Metal Matters

Recycling one can uses 20 times less energy than making a new one

It’s never been easier to make your metal matter in Teignbridge!

When it comes to recycling, metal is hard to beat.  That’s because it’s 100% recyclable - so every last bit can be turned into something else, the possibilities are endless.

Imagine how much energy you could save.

Every time metal is recycled it saves energy, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and saves on landfill space – so it’s good news for the planet.  Put just two extra cans into your recycling container and you'll save enough energy in the recycling process to run a computer for up to 12 hours.

What happens to the metal we recycle?

The food or drink cans and other metal packaging items you recycle at home could end up being transformed into any one of a wide number of new products, from a designer watch or a smartphone, to a washing machine or even a new bus! Within as little as sixty days the empty can you put into your recycling containers could be back on the shelf as a new can of cola or a new tin of beans!

How can I get involved?

Its easy, just drop your cans, aerosols, tins and foil into your black recycling box

When this content has been updated

Last updated 24 April 2019