'Recycle that metal': Sevenoaks residents encouraged to be more aware

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By kentsussex | Monday, December 17, 2012, 11:37

Sevenoaks residents are being reminded of the economic and environmental benefits of recycling metal.

Sevenoaks District Council is playing its part in the Kent-wide 'Metal Matters' campaign to encourage people to recycle more food and drink cans along with empty aerosols and foil. 

The council collects more than 30 tonnes of mixed metal cans from district households to be recycled every month.

Leaflets funded by the Metal Matters programme, have been dropping through local letterboxes since early December.

They remind people that every piece of metal packaging put out for recycling will be used again and again for years to come. 

This is important because every time it is recycled it saves energy, cuts carbon emissions – and cuts costs to taxpayers.  

Cllr Avril Hunter, the Council's Cabinet member for recycling, says: "Recycling metal packaging not only saves energy and valuable raw materials but reduces the amount of waste. 

"The Metal Matters campaign is there to remind residents of the things that they can do to improve the environment." 

Lending his support to the Kent programme, Lord de Mauley, Minister for Resource Management, Local Environment and Environmental Science adds: "Increasing the amount of metal packaging we collect through kerbside recycling will also enable councils in Kent to keep down the cost of waste collections to the rate payer. 

"I hope this new campaign will encourage a better understanding of the need for all households to recycle more things, more often and I urge Kent residents to make their metals matter."



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