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August 2007

Aluminum can recycling holds steady in 2006

The Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced statistics indicating that Americans and the aluminum industry recycled 51.9 billion aluminum cans in 2006, half a billion more than in 2005. It has the highest recycling rate of any beverage container at 51.6 percent.

The aluminum beverage can is the most recycled consumer beverage product in the United States and has been for more than 20 years.

In the United States, 100.6 billion cans were produced in 2006 and the cans recycled equaled approximately 1.52 billion pounds.

The aluminum can industry continues to actively promote recycling through the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP). CVP is a national recycling program that helps communities grow participation in residential curbside recycling programs and measures their effectiveness.

Funded by the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute and their members – Alcoa, Anheuser-Busch Recycling, ARCO, Ball Corporation, Novelis and REXAM, CVP is engaged with more than 40 communities. Partner communities have seen an average increase of 22 percent in recycling volume and 20 percent in participation.

The aluminum beverage can is 100 percent recyclable into new beverage cans indefinitely – a demonstration of recycling at its finest. Today’s beverage can is lighter than ever with 34.21 cans per pound of aluminum, almost 10 percent lighter than in 2004.

The aluminum can is the only packaging material that more than covers the cost of collection and re-processing for itself. It also helps subsidize the collection of other recyclable materials.

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