For a week now, Praguers can find containers for aluminum beverage cans in the streets. For the project, which lasts until October 31, the city will pay the Prague services almost 107 thousand crowns. The first collection evaluation will be in a month.
“The intention is to obtain information about possible possibilities of collecting this commodity on the territory of the capital with a view to the future,” said Councilor for the Environment Radek Lohynský.
The Prague services deployed 45 specially marked containers in the city districts of Prague 1, 17 and in Klánovice. The company plans to bring them together once a month. “We will sort the waste and sell it to our customers,” said Julian Záhorovský, a spokesman for Prague Services. Containers with a capacity of 240 and 1100 liters have a gray metallic color.
City districts were selected for the pilot project with regard to the predominant type of development in individual parts – housing estates, apartment buildings and family houses. “I firmly believe that in this way we address a wide range of citizens who like to take the opportunity to sort other commodities in the city and actively participate in this pilot project,” added Lohynský.
Companies in the Czech Republic market thousands of tons of aluminum beverage cans and packaging every year. About a quarter is recycled, most products still ends up in mixed waste and in landfills. According to the Ministry of the Environment, nationwide collection would be costly and not worthwhile.
Unlike “piece” aluminum, which is in great demand in repurchases and is a lucrative commodity, whose purchase price is around 25 to 35 crowns per kilogram, for example, thin-walled aluminum, which is used to make sheets or lids of yogurt, the poor relatives. Its redemption value is about six crowns per kilogram.
“For this reason, the number of commercial entities that collect this commodity is also significant,” said Matyáš Vitík, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment.