Big names aim to grow aerosol-can recycling rates

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Recycling giants Suez and Alupro have joined forces for a project to boost recovery of aerosol cans.

The pair will embark on a two-year initiative to create data and literature to support an increase in capture, sorting and treatment of the metal gas containers.


An estimated 650 million metal aerosol cans are used in the UK every year, according to the project partners.

Although more than two-thirds of these were recycled last year, that leaves a huge volume entering the residual waste stream.

Over the coming 12 months, Suez will recruit three local authorities to monitor and analyse aerosol capture rates.

Starting next year, a second phase of the project will involve measuring the quantities of containers collected through different kerbside routes.

A new communications campaign will also be trialled to consumers to boost aerosol recycling.

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK chief executive John Scanlon said: “We’re looking forward to working with Alupro on this exciting and important initiative to improve aerosol recycling in the UK.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Alupro to drive forward this initiative and share best practice with the sector through our research findings.”