You Can Leave Your Cap On!


Did you know that the metal caps on bottles can be successfully extracted during the glass recycling process? New research by Alupro (the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation) revealed that approximately 5,000 tonnes of aluminium from caps and closures could be recovered. At today’s raw material prices that’s over a jaw-dropping £2 million worth of aluminium that could be diverted from landfill.


To help capture this precious material, a new campaign by Sevenoaks District Council  in partnership with Alupro and British Glass has been launched to encourage recyclers in the Sevenoaks area to screw the caps back on their bottles before recycling.


The “You Can Leave Your Cap On” initiative – the first of its kind in the UK – has been designed to encourage households to screw the tops back on empty glass bottles – such as wine, spirits and olive oil – before placing them out to recycle through local bring banks or kerbside recycling containers.


Rick Hindley, Executive Director, Alupro said: “The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that the consumer gets in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be captured for reprocessing. The message to the public is simple; screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the easiest way for people to do their bit to recycle this valuable material.”


Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass, who are part-funding the Alupro campaign in association with the EAFA Closures Group, said: “We see this as an excellent campaign that both informs and helps the consumer to recycle as much as possible. It also highlights the important role bring banks play in getting good quality glass back into the system, helping saving energy and raw materials.”


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