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14 August 2013
Bottle Top Recycling

Bedford Borough Council is launching a campaign to encourage local residents to recycle the aluminium screw tops along with their glass bottles.

The campaign has been designed to increase the recycling of aluminium screw tops and collars by encouraging people to screw the tops back onto the empty glass bottles before dropping the bottle and the top off at one of the many recycling bottle banks located throughout the Borough. They are then taken away together before being separated for recycling.

The campaign highlights the importance of recycling the aluminium closures as, like all aluminium and glass packaging they are 100% recyclable; so every screw top and bottle deposited in a bottle bank can be transformed into something new, including more bottles, drink cans, mobile phones and even cars.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are committed to reducing the amount of waste needlessly sent to landfill and this includes encouraging local residents to recycle as much as possible.

“Although screw tops are very small their recycling potential is enormous. The vast majority of screw tops are made from aluminium which means they can be recycled over and over again!

“Local residents can recycle even more by screwing the top back onto the empty bottle and dropping it in their local bottle bank.” 

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) said: “The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that we get in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be re-melted and re-used.  Simply screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the simplest and easiest way for people to do their bit in recovering this valuable, sustainable and recyclable material.”

So when you next recycle your empties from the night before, remember “You Can Leave Your Cap On!”

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