United States aluminum can recycling grows in 2007
The Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute
(CMI), and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
announced a 2.2 percentage point increase in aluminum
can recycling rates, the largest gain in recycling rates
in ten years.
In 2007, Americans and the aluminum industry recycled
nearly 54 billion aluminum cans - nearly two billion
more than in 2006. At a recycling rate of 53.8 percent,
the aluminum can is by far the most recycled beverage
container in the United States.
“This increase in the recycling rate demonstrates the
serious commitment to recycling by the Aluminum industry,”
said Kevin Anton, chairman of The Aluminum Association
and vice president of Alcoa and president of Alcoa Materials
Management, Inc. “The aluminum can is environmentally
sustainable. Our industry is committed to doing the right
thing and continuing to work to increase the number of
aluminum cans recycled annually.”
The Aluminum Can Council, made up of members from both
the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute—Alcoa,
Anheuser-Busch Packaging Group, ARCO Aluminum, Ball Corporation,
Novelis and REXAM supports several recycling initiatives.
The Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) is one of these
important programs that works with material recycling
facilities and municipalities assisting them in making
curbside recycling programs more efficient for their
communities. Currently, CVP is engaged with more than
40 communities. Partner communities have seen an average
increase of 22 percent in recycling volume and 20 percent
Other Aluminum Can Council programs include: The Recycle
Challenge school drop-off program, can advertising promotions,
recycling promotions, student environmental education
programs, school and civic organization collection programs,
and other projects. Through this group’s efforts, the
aluminum can industry recognizes and promotes the value
and importance of recycling.
The aluminum beverage can is 100 percent recyclable into
new beverage cans indefinitely – a demonstration of recycling
at its finest. Today’s lightweight beverage can weighs
only 0.468 ounces with 34.17 cans per pound of aluminum.
The can is the only beverage container that more than
covers the cost of collection and re-processing for itself.
It also helps subsidize the collection of other recyclable