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Aluminium Recycling

Solid waste is probably the most visible form of pollution. Every year, people dispose of billions of tons of solid garbage. One of the biggest forms of solid waste is aluminium cans. In Britain, aluminium cans alone fill 15.4 million full dustbins. The good news is that aluminium cans can be recycled; and they can be recycled again and again without loss of quality. Up to 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminium ore is saved by recycling.

Understanding the importance of recycling, BAPS decided to collect cans for recycling. In UK, Children aged 8 to senior citizens of over 80 participated. The response was unbelievable. The largest Aluminium can-collecting effort in the UK by a charitable organization was performed by BAPS. 7 million cans were collected from 15th May 1992 to August 1995 in a nationwide recycling campaign actively launched at major centers: London, Leicester, Manchester, and Cardiff in England and Wales. Together with the can collecting campaign, 91 tons of aluminium foil was also collected for recycling.

The Sanstha was awarded the Green Leaf Award for Environment (1995) and the Care of Croydon award (1995) for its aluminium recycling effort.

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