Co-op and Alupro urge action on foil recycling
Co-op has linked up with the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) to boost the recycling of aluminium over Christmas.
The retailer has conduct research claiming that 22% of adults do not recycle household aluminium and claims that around 3,000 tonnes could end up in landfill.
Both Co-op and Alupro are urging all UK local authorities to accept the material along with food cans and glass bottle collections. They argue that 18% of local authorities do not accept aluminium foil despite accepting food cans and glass bottles.
According to Co-op, the process to collect aluminium foil is the same as these other materials at kerbside collection and if the foil has been rinsed out, the packaging can be recycled.
Michael Fletcher, chief commerical officer at Co-op said: “How we do business really matters. The world is experiencing a climate crisis and we need to work together to avoid it. Accelerating action is the only way to mitigate and reduce impacts on our natural world, and to ensure stable food supply chains in the future.
“We are committed in helping our members and customers to make environmentally friendly choices and reducing the environmental impact of products is and always has been at the core of Co-op. That’s why we are writing to local authorities to encourage them to collect such simple items as part of collections they already have in place.”
Rick Hindley, executive director of Alupro added: “We are delighted that Co-op is shining a light on the importance of recycling this valuable material. So many festive food products are packaged in aluminium, and it is unthinkable that some of it may end up in the rubbish bin when it can be collected in kerbside recycling. Aluminium is endlessly recyclable with no loss of quality, and most importantly, aluminium packaging placed in a recycling bin is recycled – it is real recycling in action.”
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