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UK Aluminium Packaging Recycling Rate Hits New Heights

Metal News - Published on Fri, 15 May 2020

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The UK’s aluminium packaging recycling rate has risen to 56%, its highest ever level, increasing year-on-year by 4% from 52% in 2018. That’s the findings of the latest Environment Agency data, published on the National Packaging Waste Database earlier this month. The aluminium packaging market grew by 8% year-on-year, with 207,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging sold in the UK during 2019. A record 116,670 tonnes were recycled, including an estimated 76% of all aluminium beverage cans sold.

More than 102,944 tonnes of the collected aluminium packaging 88% was recycled into new high quality products within Europe. The business recycling rate once again surpassed targets, reaching 63% compared to 60% in 2018, while consumer-collected aluminium packaging recycling also rocketed by 20% year-on-year from 74,595 in 2018 to 89,543 in 2019.

Alongside greater public awareness about the widespread benefits of recycling, delivered through initiatives such as MetalMatters and Every Can Counts, the positive increase can be partly attributed to the aluminium sector’s continued investment into ensuring that the packaging it produces is recycled. The volume of aluminium packaging recovered from incinerator bottom ash (IBA) also increased, as a result of increasing volume of household residual waste being diverted to energy from waste plants (EfW) rather than going to landfill.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 15 May 2020
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