Cans go to a sorting centre where they are separated from other materials using magnetic currents.
Separated cans are bailed up into large, heavily compressed cubes and sent to a recycling facility.
Bales of cans are shredded into smaller pieces. Any ferrous particles left are removed with the help of a magnet and the aluminium is then further isolated by electric currents.
The shreds are heated so the decoration can be removed. The energy released by this process is recovered, minimizing energy inputs.
At the recycling plant, cans are melted and shaped into huge aluminium blocks.
The blocks are rolled into thin sheets and coils from which they're made into new cans.
Drink cans are manufactured by shaping aluminium into a cylindrical shape.
The cans are printed at tremendous speed and with extreme accuracy. They are now ready to be filled and return to stores.
The first step is to collect the cans. If they're not collected, then they can't be recycled.