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nuttynik1965
Old 21-08-2004, 9:17 PM
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Default Aluminium cans worth 1p each

Sorry if posted before.

Has anyone thought of collecting aluminum cans.

They are worth approx 1p each.

I take a carrier bag everywhere with me, and pick up drinks cans, stand on them flat, and store them in black bin liners.

If you look up aluminum recycling, sometimes there is a collection service, but they will only collect at least 6 bags.

Not sure if scrap yards will take them, but worth phoning round to find out.

One ton of squashed cans is worth approx 650.

(Carling cans are always steel)

Could anyone advise a way of removing the tops off the steel cans, as they are nearly always aluminium?
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Old 21-08-2004, 11:37 PM
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I used to do this a while back. We have a depot nearby where the cans can be weighed and handed in.

I stopped after a while though, as you needed millions of cans to get anything decent back money wise and the smell from the bags of cans was awful. We had black bags crammed in the shed and couldn't get anything else in.

We used to walk about with a little magnet in our pockets and test any can we spotted, lol.

Great idea if you have space and can stand the smell.
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Old 22-08-2004, 5:29 AM
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I can imagine it must take ages to get enough cans to get any decent money back. When I was a child my mum would embarrass me because she would always pick up the juice bottles that you could get money back on. She was a real money saver, but then she really did have to make a small amount of money go a long way!
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Old 22-08-2004, 1:41 PM
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I'm moving this to 'old style' because I think here is the best place for nuttynik to get an answer to his query,

but Cathy please feel free to move it on if you think best ;D
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Old 23-08-2004, 7:03 PM
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mm, don't fancy the smell, but do the money. see loads walking kids to school
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surely you can spray them with vinegar to get rid of the smell???

Cathy please tell me it will work
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Old 26-08-2004, 9:07 PM
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appantley not myrtle.
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Old 26-08-2005, 5:53 PM
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Default Recycled Aluminium Cans - Are they worth anything?

Do the places that take recycled aluminium cans still pay cash?. I remember a scheme that did that a while back. Do they still do it and what is the going rate at the moment. Does anyone know?
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Old 26-08-2005, 11:39 PM
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Gosh, this reminds me of someone who used to live in NW London near where I lived some years ago. I never went into his house but from the outside you could see cans stacked up at every window, and all outside in his garden and drive. Cans everywhere, a complete and utter eyesore (though not smelly!). I don't know what happened to him, his house was one day cleared and he was gone.

Bizarrely he turned up on Blind Date on one of their "oldies" specials. He actually seemed quite nice...but his house...ughhhh!! Any woman would run a mile if they saw that mess!

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I always take my can's to the recycling skip nearby, but I'm not sure if it's just for alluminiun only, well anyway I've put plenty of steel carling can in it in the past. Have I done wrong when thinking I was being environmental friendly???? :confused:
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I always take my can's to the recycling skip nearby, but I'm not sure if it's just for alluminiun only, well anyway I've put plenty of steel carling can in it in the past. Have I done wrong when thinking I was being environmental friendly???? :confused:
They sort them out when they get to the depot with a large electromagnet. I don't know what they do with the steel afterwards.
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Old 28-08-2005, 3:57 PM
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So, if it doesn't stick to a magnet, it's aluminium and can be recycled then? So most beer cans, and all soft drinks cans should be ok, is that right ?
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Gosh, this reminds me of someone who used to live in NW London near where I lived some years ago. I never went into his house but from the outside you could see cans stacked up at every window, and all outside in his garden and drive. Cans everywhere, a complete and utter eyesore (though not smelly!). I don't know what happened to him, his house was one day cleared and he was gone.

Bizarrely he turned up on Blind Date on one of their "oldies" specials. He actually seemed quite nice...but his house...ughhhh!! Any woman would run a mile if they saw that mess!
Perhaps he was saving his cans up for a nice suit to wear on Blind Date?? Oh I hope he found a lovely lady he sounds like a bit of a star if you ask me.
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Old 29-08-2005, 6:55 PM
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So, if it doesn't stick to a magnet, it's aluminium and can be recycled then?
ALL cans can be recycled, it's just that steel is much lower value than aluminium.
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Old 29-08-2005, 7:56 PM
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The local scrap metal merchants I visit pay 50p per kilo. A black bin back can hold 3 -4 kilos depending if you flatten the cans or not. So 1.50 to 2.00 per black bag!

Not going to make a huge difference but more than you get for them in your bin or at the ubiquitous recycling bins at supermarkets etc.
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Old 29-08-2005, 8:38 PM
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Well if thats the case i'm going to start collecting them. Can't understand why charities don't supply bins for these cans in schools and public places.
Seems such an easy way to raise money.
Leave a big clear bin with a phone number to ring or text when full!
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Can't understand why charities don't supply bins for these cans in schools and public places.
My sons' school has been collecting cans, paper and foil for a couple of years now and the procedes go towards the school funds.
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Well if thats the case i'm going to start collecting them. Can't understand why charities don't supply bins for these cans in schools and public places.
Seems such an easy way to raise money.
Leave a big clear bin with a phone number to ring or text when full!
Why dont you email some charities to suggest it?
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Old 02-09-2005, 12:39 PM
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At our school we always had collection bins, after Blue Peter started the recycling - I am surprised that they dont still do this!
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