ALUMINIUM is a valuable material - much too valuable to toss in the rubbish bin. To paraphrase Barack Obama, ' Can we recycle it? Yes we can!
By way of introduction, the following are some interesting facts about aluminium cans.
Between 400 - 500 million aluminium drink are placed on the Irish market each year.
It is possible to have a recycled aluminium can back on the shelf and ready for sale every nine weeks… making a new can will take up to 11 months
In Ireland we recycle only two aluminium can for every five produced
Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for threehours.
It takes as much energy to make one new as it does to recycle 20 cans
It takes 670 aluminium cans to make up one bicycle.
A new scheme to get more people involved in the recycling of aluminium is currently under way. Alupro Ireland, supported by Repak, is behind the Every Can Counts (ECC) programme, which aims to work with existing recycling practises to encourage people to recycle their used beverage cans.
The ECC programme aims to raise the awareness of people 'on the go' and thereby drive increased numbers of beverage cans into the recycling stream. It has been in operation in the UK since 2008, resulting insizable increases in the amount of cans recycled as a result - from 27 million in 2008 to 50 million cans in 2011. Alupro would like to achieve the same success here in Ireland.
About a third of beverage cans are consumed 'on the go' or away from home and it is clear that many are lost to recycling collections systems because our good recycling habits at home are not continued in the workplace.
Industry places approximately 5 million beverage cans onto the Irish market and we recycle less than half of them, ECC would like to improve on that. They are particularly aiming at businesses in 2012 in support of Repak's previous message of 'recyclemore from the around the workplace' and will progress hopefully in 2013 to campuses and some events.
ECC took part in their first event at Electric Picnic and were delighted with the interest it stimulated.
The programme simply provides bins, clear plastic bags and an information pack as well as some branded materials, many of them free, for any recycling campaign that companies, universities or community groups would like to run. To participate in the programme, users simply register their interest on-line at www.everycancounts.ie and they will receive a follow up call from an Alupro Ireland representative. Every Can Counts will support people to help get their programme started and, with the aid of 'recycling champions' within companies, on campuses and in community groups they aim to drive ECC forward. The can bags will be easy to identify and are boldly logo'd with Every Can Counts, making it easier for handlers at recycling centres and reprocessing plants. For further information contact Alupro Ireland a t info@ aluproireland. ie, call or log on to the website www.everycancounts.ie