It generates income. In 1996, pounds 10m was paid to aluminium can collectors and if every can used in the UK this year were recycled, nearly pounds 40m would be available for charities, community groups and individuals. It saves energy. Europe's first dedicated aluminium recycling plant, which lies in my constituency, can rescue up to 95 per cent of the energy originally used to make the aluminium from its ore.
And in spite of the gloomy findings from the annual survey that you reported, aluminium recycling, at least, is on the up.
HELEN SOUTHWORTH MP
(Warrington South, Lab)
House of Commons