How does recycling happen?
- Aluminium cans and foil are collected and taken to a reprocessing plant.
- The aluminium is sorted and cleaned.
- The aluminium is heated so that paint coatings burn off and liquid aluminium forms.
- The aluminium is then made into large blocks called ingots. Each ingot contains about 1.6 million drink cans.
- Ingots are sent to mills to be rolled out into sheets of aluminium.
- Aluminium sheets can be made into drinks cans, chocolate wrapping and ready meal packaging less than 6 weeks after it was taken to the recycling plant.