A recent report from the European Aluminium and the Metal Packaging Europe showed that the overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans reached a record breaking 74.5% in 2017.
This was a 2.3% rise from the previous year as 31 billion cans were recycled in the EU and countries in the European Free Trade Association including Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.
While the UK’s contribution to this figure stood at 72%, Alupro, the organisation representing UK’s aluminium packaging industry, reported that three out of every four cans (75%) in the UK was recycled. Indeed, Alupro suggests this trend is likely to continue and potentially reach 85% by 2020.
Encouraging news for the recycling industry as a whole.
What’s great about aluminium is that it is 100% recyclable regardless of its size, colour or shape. It is also infinitely reusable, so there’s no limit to the number of times it can be recycled. Furthermore, recycling the material uses 95% less energy than producing it from raw material. It also produces just 5% of the greenhouse gasses emitted through raw material production – now that’s an incentive right there!
At Casepak we can process aluminium cans as well as clean kitchen foil and food trays. Whilst aluminium is easy to recycle, it is still vital that recyclates are clean, dry and free of contaminants before being placed in the recycling bin.
By continuing to push recycling, promoting education and by adopting incentives such as deposit return schemes, there is no reason why we cannot work towards 100% recycling of all aluminium in the UK and across Europe in the near future.