Metal quiz earns Hazell £200 shopping vouchers

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, presents Hazell Beattie with her prize. (s)
Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, presents Hazell Beattie with her prize. (s)

Ribble Valley resident Hazell Beattie proved her metal when she scooped £200 in shopping vouchers for guessing the number of cans in a bale.

The competition was part of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Make Metals Matter recycling campaign.

Keen recycler Hazell’s guess that the bale contained a total of 258 cans was nearest guess to the correct number of 260.

Make Metals Matter encourages residents to recycle their share of the estimated 30 million cans, aerosols and foil trays, and more than 3.5 million metres of wrapping foil, used in the UK every year.

The campaign has seen the borough’s 25,529 homes leafleted, new signage on the side of refuse collection vehicles and promotional displays in a bid to boost the borough’s metal recycling.

Metal packaging can be recycled numerous times, saving money and the environment, but research has shown that many consumers are not aware of it.

Now Ribble Valley Borough Council has joined forces with Lancashire County Council and the metal packaging manufacturing industry to raise awareness of metal recycling and increase the amount collected from households.

Robert Thompson, who is chairman of the council’s community services committee, said: “If all the metal packaging used in Ribble Valley each year was recycled, it would save around 1,796 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to the annual emission from 440 cars.

“We are calling on residents to recycle more of their metal packaging and every recycled can saves enough energy to run a television for four hours, so putting them in the blue wheeled bin can make a big difference.”

Hazell added: “I live on a farm and recycle as much as possible, plus I have three grandchildren, who are very savvy on recycling.

“I am delighted to win the competition and the vouchers will give me a great start in the January sales.”

Make Metal Matters is funded by the UK’s producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging, along with Lancashire County Council, and run by Global Renewables Lancashire and aluminium packaging recycling organisation Alupro.

Important facts about metal:

● Aluminium is one of the world’s most abundant elements and is found in rocks, soil, vegetation, water and even the air;

● Aluminium is a lightweight but strong metal that does not rust or corrode and is easily made into complex shapes for a wide range of products from greenhouses to skyscrapers;

● In 2010/11, 250,000 tonnes of metal cans were recycled in the UK with a value of £27m. and the weight of 35,700 adult bull African elephants;

● Metal cans are 100 per cent infinitely recyclable and can be back on the shelf in just 60 days;

● The UK produces more than nine billion drinks cans every year, of which 80 per cent are made of aluminium.