The Crow warehouse is now only open Mondays and Tuesdays as a temporary measure to deal with Coronavirus pressures. The decision to temporarily reduce the opening hours from three days a week down to two days was taken because of the pressures of operating during lockdown. At the moment our warehouse volunteers are staying at home rather than helping at Crow. They will be invited to volunteer again when infection levels have fallen and it is safe to be back in the workplace. The telephone will only be answered on Mondays and Tuesdays but e mails will be checked Monday to Friday. Please note the new e mail address which email@example.com. The Scrapstore, classed as a non essential shop, is temporarily closed along with all other non essential shops. This is part of government efforts to contain the virus. At the moment there is no date for Scrapstore reopening. When there is one it will be posted on the Scrapstore Facebook site here. Thanks to all our volunteers, customers and suppliers for their support.
Get fabric wrap, ribbon, decorations and card making supplies at the Crow Recycling Scrapstore. The Scrapstore reopens on Wednesday December 2 in line with government guidance on non essential shops. The Scrapstore will be open 9.30am to 3.30pm Wednesday December 2 Monday December 7 Tuesday December 8 Wednesday December 9 Monday December 14 Tuesday December 15 Wednesday December 16 To visit please ring Crow Recycling on 02476552444 for an appointment. For those aiming to tread lightly on the planet this Christmas the Scrapstore has Second hand decorations such as baubles and tinsel - reuse instead of buying new Brightly coloured fabric for reusable present wrap Ribbons to brighten up presents wrapped in fully recyclable brown paper Supplies to make cards which are fully recyclable with no glitter or metallic decorations There is much more besides so anyone who would like to visit should ring and make an appointment. The Scrapstore is a member only shop with annual membership £10. Existing members are asked to bring their card with them. Non members are invited to browse then decide if they want to join and shop. Due to Coronavirus pressures Crow Recycling is temporarily only open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visit the Scrapstore web page here.
Christmas bows Crow is closing for Christmas on the afternoon of Wednesday December 16 and reopening on the morning of Tuesday January 5. Extra bags will be available in advance for confidential and non confidential waste paper to use during the Crow closure. Crow is currently opening Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays but not Thursdays or Fridays as a result of Coronavirus pressures. A merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.
Steel cans crushed and baled For a temporary period Crow is only open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are temporarily closed on Thursdays and Fridays. This is caused by the pressures on the business of preventing the spread of Coronavirus. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays we will be collecting cans and waste paper as usual along with sorting paper and destroying confidential waste in our warehouse. We will also continue with sorting, crushing and baling aluminium cans as usual. We will be delivering bales of animal bedding and packaging as normal. E mails will be checked regularly and phone calls answered when we can. The Scrapstore is temporarily closed in line with current government regulations on non essential shops. The Scrapstore will reopen on December 2 if government regulations allow the reopening of non essential shops.
Cans donated by the Maybird Shopping Park in the crusher and baler A big thank you to the Maybird Shopping Park in Stratford for a donation of aluminium cans. Our disabled volunteers are running machinery to crush and bale the cans which is the first step of the recycling process. When they're all turned into rectangular blocks, each containing hundreds of compressed cans, Crow will sell them to recycling plants to be made into new cans. Aluminium is one of Crow's recycling star materials because it can be recycled over and over again and be as good as new. It's also cheaper to recycle than extract from the ground which means there's plenty of demand for this light strong and incredibly useful metal. We regularly receive aluminium cans from a wide range of people and organisations. Our standard policy is to pay 30 pence per kilo, going down to 25 pence if we collect them in our van. However some organisations opt to donate cans. A big thank you to the Maybird Shopping Park and everyone else who supplies us with aluminium cans whether paid or donated.
Steel cans crushed and baled Children doing projects on recycling can visit Crow's new learning web page. With educational visits to the warehouse suspended due to the Coronavirus at Crow Recycling we have created fact files about can and paper recycling. There are also videos showing what goes on in the warehouse. Online resources come second best to a visit but sadly are the best we can do at the moment. Nothing really compares to seeing the machinery in action and having a go at some of the warehouse jobs. Primary school aged children visiting the warehouse are always pleasantly surprised to discover they are allowed to help operate industrial recycling machinery, even under strict supervision. One of the best bits of the visit is when a child is called over to the aluminium can crushing and baling machine, ear defenders on, and shown which dials to turn and buttons to press to switch it on. The internet can't replicate the feeling they get as the machine clanks and roars into life. In a similar way it's impossible to recreate the class challenge of clearing the paper sorting table with every piece in the right stillage. But until it's safe to host visits again there's no choice but to make do with online resources. Visit our learning web page here. Our You Tube channel is here.
PAPER Paper and cardboard are the most recycled materials in the UK - 79 per cent were recycled in 2017 Newspapers are made with a mix of recycled and new paper. The majority of the mix is recycled paper. The new paper makes the mix good enough quality to put through a printing press Paper degrades every time it recycles and can only survive the process between five and seven times At Crow the most money is paid for sorted white office paper. It has the longest fibres and can be used to make more good quality paper Sorted newspaper and coloured paper with shorter fibres aren't as valuable because they can only be made into lower quality paper such as more newspaper or toilet paper Paper from Crow with no confidential information on it is sorted and sent to paper mills where it goes through a complex process of chopping, shredding, pulping, de-inking, drying and rolling before being ready to use again The General Data Protection Rules govern how organisations manage confidential information which covers paper with names, addresses and other personal details. At Crow we shred confidential paper into small pieces so the words are unreadable Paper shredded and baled at Crow is bought by customers for animal bedding and by mail order companies needing packaging
STEEL Steel cans ready to crush Steel is the most recycled metal in the UK and the world Steel was first used to can food in the early 19th century in France to preserve food for Napoleon's army Food cans are usually steel - if it looks like a bean can it is almost always steel Drinks cans can be either aluminium or steel - some canning operations have two sets of machinery side by side and switch between aluminium and steel depending on the current prices of the two metals Sorting steel works well on automated recycling operations because it's the only common metal that's magnetic so it's easy for machines to separate it from other waste. Most cars include recycled steel Crushed and baled steel isn't worth as much as aluminium. Prices for both change all the time but generally steel brings in a quarter of the price of aluminium Steel is an alloy which means it is made by combining several substances - the main ones are iron and carbon Indian metal workers in 400BC were the first to produce steel Today China is the world's biggest producer of steel
CANS At Crow Recycling cans are crushed and baled using machinery so they are ready for recycling. The Crow can driver visits can banks in Coventry and Warwickshire and brings the empty cans to the warehouse in the van. Some people collect aluminium cans and bring them to warehouse where we pay a few pence per kilogram for them. Used drinks and food cans are usually either steel or aluminium. Our first job is to find out which. We sort them with a magnet. The steel cans stick to the magnet and the aluminum ones don’t. Then they are loaded into machines to be crushed and baled. The crushed cans, in blocks called biscuits, are sold to scrap metal dealers who sell them to recycling plants. There they are melted down and reshaped into blocks of aluminium. The blocks are made into aluminum products such as more cans, bicycles, parts of buildings and parts of cars. PAPER Waste paper Paper needs to be sorted into different grades to be recycled separately. At Crow companies and organisations pay us to collect waste paper and either destroy it by shredding it or sort it to be recycled. At the Crow paper sorting table is sorted into letter paper, shiny paper and newspaper. Each category needs to be recycled separately to make sure the end product is good quality. Some of the sorted paper is sent to paper mills to be recycled. Some paper at Crow isn't sent to be recycled – instead it is shredded and baled then sold for animal bedding and packaging. That's mostly confidential information such as medical records or old school reports which need to be destroyed to protect peoples' [...]
ALUMINIUM FACTS Recycling an aluminium can takes only five per cent of the energy needed to make a new one There is plenty of aluminium in the earth's crust - it's the third most abundant metal - but it's so expensive to extract that using recycled aluminium is cheaper. Extracting aluminium uses a process called electrolysis which uses large amounts of electricity running up big bills It takes just two months to turn a used aluminium can into a new can and get the new can back on the shelf in a shop Aluminium can be recycled over and over again and still be as good as new Aluminium is not magnetic so it's easy to separate from steel which is magnetic Aluminium needs to be crushed and baled with machinery before it can be recycled An average of 113,200 aluminium cans are recycled around the world every minute Aluminum is one of the metals used to build New York's Empire State Building Cars, bicycles, aeroplanes and buildings are all made partly from aluminium because it is both strong and lightweight. Recycling centres such as Crow make money by selling crushed and baled used aluminium to recycling plants. The price changes depending on global demand for aluminium. Sometimes it drops so low it isn't worth selling any until the price goes up again.