The aluminium can crushing machines are running this week turning our star recycling metal into bales ready to be driven to a recycling plant and melted down. Then it can get made into anything from more cans, bicycles and buildings to aeroplanes. Aluminium is a pretty plentiful metal - there's loads of it in the earth's crust. So where is the incentive to recycle? Quite apart from the environmental benefits of recycling it's a great deal cheaper to recycle used aluminium than use new. That's because aluminium occurs as an ore, in other words mixed with other substances. To separate it needs electrolysis, a process which needs large amounts of expensive electricity. At a local level here in Coventry it means we can pay people small amounts of cash for aluminium cans, crush and bale them and get paid by recycling plants for the bales. For some reason they're called biscuits, we don't know why. Aluminium can be recycled over and over again without getting damaged or degraded. Compare that to plastic - for a start it can be harder to get the recycled stuff up to the same standards as the new - no problem for our recycling star aluminium. Image by Jasmin Sessler from Pixabay Plastic is light and takes up loads of space in our van. But we still get paid by the tonne. The price paid for plastic we had sorted into its different grades would hardly cover the diesel of driving it to the plant given how many van loads it would take to make up a tonne of such light material. Meanwhile cheap or reasonably priced oil, one of the main ingredients of plastic, is an [...]
We are closed on this year's early May Bank Holiday which falls on Monday May 6 this year. We're open as normal the rest of the week.
Crow Easter opening and closing times Friday April 19 Good Friday closed Monday April 22 Easter Monday closed Tuesday April 23 closed All other days open as normal.
Our usual e mail address is working again so if you'd like to get in touch you can e mail us at email@example.com. Previously our e mail address wasn't working but happily it's back to normal.
Easter chicks are going cheep cheep cheep when they're made with leftover wool donated to the Crow Recycling Scrapstore for reuse. Visit the Scrapstore for paper, wool and card to make cute chicks, Easter baskets and Easter cards. Balls of wool vary from 10 pence to £1 depending on how big they are, paper is 2 pence for an A4 sheet and plain card is 3 pence for an A4 sheet. Sheets of patterned card are 10 pence each. The Crow Recycling Scrapstore is a member only shop - membership costs £10 per year. Opening times are Mondays to Thursdays 9.30am to 3pm and Fridays 9.30am to 12 noon. Find us at Orchard House, Sparkbrook Street, Coventry, CV1 5LB.
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Blue tits and blackbirds are nesting in the wildlife garden behind the Crow warehouse. The blue tits are making a nest in a nest box installed a few years ago and the blackbirds have chosen the hedge at the back of the garden. Hopefully the blue tits are on the alert for the sparrowhawks which sometimes swoop above the garden looking for small birds to eat. The garden was created with help from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust offering a habitat for birds and bugs. With a name like Crow the organisation might seem ideal place for birds to live but in fact Crow is an acronym - it stands for Coventry Recycling of Waste.
It is with great sadness that the Trustees of CROW Recycling wish to inform you of the sudden, unexpected death of Barbara Cowling. Barbara founded CROW in 1985 to provide work experience, based on recycling activities, for young people and adults with learning difficulties and/or other disadvantages. She retired from the post of manager in 2014 but continued as an unpaid volunteer until her untimely death last week. Her knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed but everyone involved, including her family, is determined to ensure that CROW will continue its valuable work.
Scores of second hand hula hoops are for sale at the Crow Scrapstore thanks to a generous donation. The hula hoops are great for garden toys and school or nursery playgrounds. They can also be cable tied together to make colourful sculptures. They're just 50 pence each. To buy hula hoops or anything else at the Scrapstore people must be members. It cost £10 for annual membership payable in cash or cheque when visiting the shop. Membership is open to organisations and indivuals. Scrapstore opening times are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm and Friday 9.30am to 12 noon.
Steel is magnetic but aluminium isn't - that was one of the lessons learnt by children from two groups who visited Crow Recycling this week. A year four class of eight and nine-year-olds from St Mary and St Benedict Catholic School in Coventry separated aluminium and steel cans using a magnet when they visited the Crow warehouse. They saw the can crushing and baling machines in action, had a go at sorting paper and fed sheets of paper into the shredder to make animal bedding. A group of home educated children from as far away as Walsall and Leicester also came to Crow for an educational visit. As well as learning about cans and paper they were full of ideas for making things from the waste materials donated to the Scrapstore.