The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), the representative for aluminium packaging producers and reprocessors in the UK, has launched a new caps and lids recycling communications initiative.
The 'You Can Leave Your Cap On' campaign is meant to increase the recovery of aluminium caps and screw tops for recycling.
The programme is designed to encourage households in the UK to screw the tops back on empty glass bottles, such as wine, spirits and olive oil, prior to leaving them out for recycling.
Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said that screwing the top back on the bottle before recycling is the easiest way of retaining the aluminium.
"The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that the consumer gets in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be captured for reprocessing," Hindley said.
The first authority to trial the new campaign materials is Sevenoaks District Council, with the 'You Can Leave Your Cap On' message appearing on each of the authority's 223 recycling bring banks located at 50 sites throughout the district.
Sevenoaks District Council deputy cabinet member for the environment Avril Hunter said: "Thanks to modern recycling methods aluminium bottle tops are easier to recover for recycling when they are collected with the glass, so it is now possible to recycle and continue re-using this precious metal over and over again."
Research by members of Alupro and British Glass found that an extra 5,000t of aluminium from caps and closures could be recovered.
Image: Sevenoaks District Council communicates the 'You Can Leave Your Cap On' message on each of its 223 recycling bring banks. Photo: courtesy of Alupro.