Aluminium recycling targets within reach

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Aluminium packaging collected through kerbside, bring, and on-the-go systems increased by almost 21% in 2019

The UK is well on track to hit its aluminium recycling targets in 2020, according to figures released by the Environment Agency (EA).

The report shows that last year, 116,670 tonnes of aluminium packaging were collected for recycling in the UK – surpassing government targets by more than 8,400 tonnes and representing a 17% increase from 2018 collection figures.

Notably, aluminium packaging collected through kerbside, bring, and on-the-go systems increased by almost 21% in 2019.

Tonnage recovered from incinerator bottom ash also rose from 25,546 to 26,696.

Provisional data from the first two months of this year highlights a year-on-year increase of 52% compared to the same period in 2019.

So far, 19,731 tonnes of aluminium have been collected for recycling in 2020, which puts the industry in a position to surpass this year’s targets too.

The 2020 aluminium recycling target sits at 64%, up from 61% in 2019.

Rick Hindley, executive director at Alupro, said: “I was delighted to read the EA data, which highlights another impressive rise in the volume of aluminium packaging collected and recycled across the UK.

“Record rates suggest increased public awareness about the benefits of aluminium recycling and positive action towards improving resources efficiency.

“Under normal market conditions, we anticipate that packaging recovery note (PRN) prices should begin to fall and return to a more realistic and sustainable level.

“It’s therefore essential that we continue to celebrate increasing recycling rates, while maintaining focus on achieving our ambition of close to 100% recycling across the UK.”


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