Recently I was asked “I drink a lot of beer out of cans at home, (lots cheaper than going to the pub). If I saved all the cans would a local scrap merchant buy them off me? They are usually aluminium cans….some say metal on them but a magnet does not stick to them, so I assume they are aluminium as well.
I am concerned about conservation of the environment and try to help but may aswell make some cash out of it if I can!
I pointed our reader in the direction of Alupro and put the question out on twitter and Facebook. Sure enough we had 5 fantastic replies:
Scrap metal merchant
Shropshire Waste wrote “Sell them to a scrap metal merchant, you’ll need 0.5 tonne (ca. 30,000 cans) and can expect at least £100 for that. If you separate them first (so you have ONLY ALUMINIUM) & bale them & deliver them you’ll get more like £400 for ur 0.5t”
Someone from My-Farm (sorry, don’t know your name!) shared a link for Novelis recycling http://www.novelisrecycling.co.uk/become-supplier/
Steel and aluminium
Over on Facebook, David Holmes warned “If they are all aluminum they are worth about a penny each but you would need to crush them and take them to scrap dealer . But be careful some have steel ends and ali bodies. You need to sort aluminum from steel if you take mixed and they will run a magnet over them you will get the lower steel price.”
Giles Bell shared “My mate just scrapped 4 tonne bags of crushed cans and got over £100 for them at our local scrap yard. Not all scrappies take them though so phone first”
Denise Aitken reminded me about Tesco. She wrote “the Tesco recycling centres give 0.5 clubcard points for each aluminium can which translates to 0.5p top spend in Tesco or up to 1.5p to use in deals. It takes forever to feed a bag of cans into the machine and pays nothing for steel cans.”
This reminds me of my Corona Lemonade days when I got 10p for taking the bottle back to the store!
What about you – do any of you collect aluminium cans and sell them on?