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Co-op Launches Campaign to Help Cut Aluminium Packaging Waste in UK

Metal News - Published on Fri, 06 Dec 2019

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Co-op has launched a campaign to foil tonnes of aluminium, including Christmas mince pie wrappers, getting binned unnecessarily in landfill. Research by the Co-op has revealed 22% UK adults do not recycle household aluminium and it is estimated that over 3,000 tonnes could end up in landfill this Xmas. Brits are expected to consume 378 million mince pies over the festive period, with around 378 tonnes of aluminium packaging used to bake and package the festive favorite. And almost a quarter of the aluminium packing will not be recycled correctly. This is because shoppers unwittingly dispose of foil and aluminium products in general household waste when it can be recycled. However, the Co-op has found that one in five local authorities do not accept aluminium foil in their recycling schemes yet 81 per cent of consumers said they would recycle aluminium if they could.

Each year it is estimated that household uses 144m kitchen foil wraps per year 15,000 tonnes and 182 foil containers 20,000 tonnes. And a fifth of this is unnecessarily going to landfill. Co-op and Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation are urging all UK local authorities to accept the material along with food cans and glass bottle collections. Currently 18 per cent of local authorities do not accept aluminium foil, yet all of the councils have an aluminium food can and glass bottle collection in place. The process to collect aluminium foil is the same as these other materials at kerbside collection and if the foil has been rinsed out, the packaging can be recycled.

Recycling one tonne of aluminium saves nine tonnes of C02 emissions. Aluminium can be endlessly recycled, without losing quality and takes as little as eight weeks to be recycled and be back on the supermarket shelf. What’s more, recycling aluminium saves up to 95 per cent of the energy it takes to make both aluminium from raw materials meaning it’s much more energy efficient than producing from virgin materials.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 06 Dec 2019
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