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Alupro Ireland as part of the Every Can Counts campaign has co-funded can crushers for strategic locations in County Meath and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown


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Can Crushers roll out begins in County Meath

In Ireland, an estimated 180 million drinks cans are consumed per annum outside the home, either ‘on the go’ or by employees in the workplace. Every Can Counts estimates that an organization of 50 employees could recycle 3,000 drinks cans per year by making recycling part of their everyday routine.

Aluminium cans are 100% recyclable and have a commodity value, so it really makes sense to collect them for recycling.

If cans are clean from contamination, they do not have to be re-cleaned, making it simpler and adding value to the resource supply chain – can crushers makes this simple.

Alupro Ireland has received Agenda 21 funding for 2016 providing cans crushers, through its Every Can Counts campaign, in Meath and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils, this is a wonderful resource for separated can recycling, in these areas.

Can crushers are onsite in Tayto Park and Trim Castle as well as roving can crushers, which will be stationed at various public areas in Trim, including schools and the library.

The can crushers allow cans to be separately recycled on site, wherever they are situated and are a novel way to engage the public in recycling. Once crushed each crusher has capacity for 2,000 cans – 20 bin bags and the material recovered is much cleaner than that in our on street bins.

Trim Tidy Towns are currently collecting cans, throughout the year as part of Every Can Counts and recycling them through Panda Waste recycling division IPR. We would like to see many more Tidy Towns groups taking a similar initiative around Meath and making use of this valuable resource for the community. Remember cans have a value and can be traded for cash.

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have supported community and educational facilities by supplying can crushers, St. Andrew’s College being the most recent beneficiary, with Shankill TT and IADT signed up to receive their can crushers to complement their individual waste management projects.

If your Tidy Towns group or school or indeed company would like to get involved in separating cans for recycling and perhaps donating the proceeds of your cans locally, please get in touch with Every Can Counts or your local authority Environmental Awareness Officer.