Europe’s aluminium drink can recycling rate rises to highest ever level

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Over 100,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging sold in the UK was recycled last year

Europe’s aluminium drink can recycling rate rose to its highest level of 75% in 2018.

This is a steep increase from the 54% in 2010 making the drink can the most recycled packaging in the world.

In the UK, 95% of aluminium packaging collected in the UK is recycled within Europe.

The overall aluminium packaging rate has continued to rise steadily too, from 41% in 2010 to 52% in 2018, meaning that over 100,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging sold in the UK was recycled last year.

These improvements are down to investment in infrastructure and behavioural change programmes including Alupro’s MetalMatters and Every Can Counts.

Rick Hindley, executive director of Alupro, said: “We know that British consumers want to do their part, so we’re delighted that more cans are being recycled than ever before. Within 60 days the can you recycle could be back on the shelves as another can.”

Government is current consulting on reforming the producer responsibility system which could lead to a change in how recycling rates are reported.

Currently aluminium packaging is recycled from Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) outside of the UK, yet this is so far not being recorded towards UK targets.


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