aluminum can recycling hits 63 percent
Aluminum can recycling has increased to 63
percent across the EU27, data from the European Aluminum Association
The recycling rate for aluminum cans has risen to 61.8 percent
in 2007 and reached 63.1 percent in 2009.
Germany recycles the most cans, with a rate of 96 percent by
using the Green Dot scheme, which means the product manufacturer
contributes to the cost of recovery and recycling.
The UK has a recycling rate of 51 percent, ranking 13th in the
EU27. Meanwhile, Romania and Bulgaria’s recycling rate of 34
percent places them as the worst aluminum recyclers in the EU27
but they also use the Green Dot scheme.
EAA packaging group director Maarten Labberton said, “I am not
surprised to see this increase as we have experienced during
the past 20 years a solid annual growth of the recycling rates
for aluminium packaging in general and aluminium beverage cans
“This is due to a combination of factors, such as a widespread
and still growing awareness among the main stakeholders and the
public of the need to collect and separate out household waste.
We are confident that the recycling rate will further increase
the next few years, providing our partners maintain and even
increase their commitment to improve.”
The EAA believes that local authorities and waste management
operators are becoming more aware of the high scrap value of
well-sorted aluminum, which has led to rising investment in sorting
and recycling technologies. Aluminum beverage can consumption
increased from 32 billion in 2007 to 24 billion in 2008. Sales
of filled aluminum beverage cans grew by 10 percent across western
Europe, while central and eastern Europe increased by 3 percent.