scrap metal, barbeque, BBQ, metal hangers, bikes
Metal is one of the easiest materials to recycle with a number of long established scrap metal recycling facilities located within the CRD. Clean metal cans, lids and foil pie plates are accepted in the blue box. Metal ready to drink beverage containers are on the deposit system and can be returned for refund to bottle depots in any quantity or to where you bought them in small quantities (maximum 20). Make sure they are clean. Any item that it at least 80% metal, such as a bicycle, barbeque or lawn mower can and must be recycled. Metal is banned from the landfill.
Choosing metal cans may be a better option than plastic bottles when choosing a soft drink or juice, as recycling options are easier on the environment and longer lasting. Recycling aluminum does not involve downcycling—an old can is made into a new can, over and over, unlike plastic, which is usually remade into a lower quality plastic. Nevertheless, you can still reduce your consumption of steel by not overindulging on canned goods and appliance replacements.
If you have a metal appliance or equipment in good working order, try posting it on freecycle or craigslist or check if a local charity is accepting. Store and organise pens, pencils, and utensils or puncture holes in metal cans or use them as decorative candleholders.
Wash that can out, flatten it, remove the paper label, and put it in your blue bin! The paper labels can go into your blue bag. If you have larger quantities of cans, old barbeques or other scrap metal, take them to a metal recycling facility.