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Aluminium Beverage Can Recycling in Europe Hits Record 74.5% in 2017

Metal News - Published on Wed, 16 Oct 2019

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The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland in 2017 rose 2.3% from 2016 (72.8%), to reach an all-time record 74.5% in 2017. Almost 31 billion cans were recycled in the EU and EFTA countries in 2017, representing a total of more than 420,000 tonnes of aluminium and underscoring its contribution to the European circular economy. Leonie Knox-Peebles, CEO of Metal Packaging Europe, stated that “We believe that the new European calculation method will hardly impact the final recycling rates being achieved for aluminium beverage cans.”

Maarten Labberton, Director Packaging Group at European Aluminium, added “As we move towards our 100% recycling rate target, what matters most is the recycling yields; aluminium is well positioned for the future given its very low losses during recycling.”

Recycling aluminium consumes 95% less energy than producing it from raw material, while the recycling process generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions produced from raw material production.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 16 Oct 2019
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