Website Title: SCRIB - Steel Can Recycle Information Bureau

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Canny Consumers Turn to Tins

Recycling rates have dramatically increased by over 21% as consumers have turned to tinned products, according to the latest research from the Steel Can Recycling Bureau (SCRIB).

Statistics reveal that between January and August 2008, 49,887 tonnes of steel tins have been recycled, compared to 41,000 for the same period in 2007.

Recent statistics have shown a rapid increase in the sales of tinned foods, with an estimated £1.85 billion being spent on canned food in the last twelve months in the UK, as consumers seek to keep the cost of living down.

Nicola Bennett of SCRiB said: "The economic turmoil has unexpectedly improved recycling rates, as people move toward recyclable materials like steel. Not only is steel 100% recyclable, it can be reused infinitely, meaning that the same piece of steel can be used over and over again."

Tin cans are made of steel which is 100% recyclable, easier to recover, and over 90% of local authorities collect it.

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