SOUTH Molton Recycle has got the can-do attitude. A brand new can sorter and baler will help the firm to process 600 tonnes of steel from more than 30,000 Torridge District Council households. Until recently, staff from the not-for-profit community recy

SOUTH Molton Recycle has got the "can-do" attitude. A brand new can sorter and baler will help the firm to process 600 tonnes of steel from more than 30,000 Torridge District Council households.Until recently, staff from the not-for-profit community recycling organisation sorted aluminium from steel packaging by hand, which was inefficient and could often result in lower quality recyclable materials.The new equipment, supplied by steel recycling specialists Corus, will help to significantly increase the amount of steel packaging the firm can process.Most cans found in the home - often called "tins" - are actually made of steel. They include food cans, pet food cans, drinks cans, aerosols and paint cans. They are easily recyclable and all contain around 25 per cent recycled steel.Sarah Portsmouth, managing director of South Molton Recycle, said: "Having the necessary equipment to sort and bale the steel packaging collected for recycling is fundamental to the quality of steel that we can send back to Corus. "Businesses as well as householders are so much more aware of the recycling potential of their packaging materials these days, providing us with more opportunities to collect steel packaging to be recycled. "With Corus' help in supplying two pieces of vital equipment, we are now able to run a more efficient service."Robert Jenkins, recycling projects manager for Corus Steel Packaging Recycling, added: "South Molton Recycle is very forward thinking in its approach to recycling and its business collections will help to increase the amount of steel packaging recycled, diverting even more waste away from landfill.