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Can recycling grows in EU

Two out of three aluminum beverage cans are now being recycled in Europe, and the future looks bright for even more recycling. Hydro, a major global supplier of rolled aluminum products for cans, supports many initiatives.

For the European Union 27 including EFTA countries and Turkey, the overall recycling rate has increased further, by 2.4 percent, to 66.7 percent in 2010 (the latest figures available).

In 2010, overall consumption of aluminum beverage cans went up. A further 2 billion units added up to a total utilization of 36 billion cans in 2010.

This means that at least 24 billion aluminum beverage cans have been recycled, resulting in potential total greenhouse gas savings of 2.5 million metric tons – the equivalent of taking as many as 1 million passenger cars off the roads for a whole year.

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) has now reported recycling results for aluminum beverage cans in Europe for 20 consecutive years. In the early 1990s, only 30 percent of all beverage cans were recycled. This figure rose to 52 percent in 2005.

Today, the EAA Packaging Group is confident that Europeans will be recycling three out of four cans by 2015, with further growth potential towards 2020.