Society faces multiple global challenges from climate change to resource scarcity and must embrace a circular economy to become sustainable.
Globally we are using too many resources. To reduce the strain on our natural resources we must all recycle more.
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Two goals in particular are important to us:
No.12.2 – Natural resource avoidance by using recycled aluminium rather than primary for production
No.12.8 – Educating the public to ensure high recycling engagement
In the UK in 2022 we recycled 150k tonnes of aluminium packaging which avoided 600k tonnes of bauxite production.
The UK must reach net zero by 2050, but there’s a long way to go.
In 2022, by recycling old aluminium packaging and using it in new items, our industry saved over 2.3 million tonnes of carbon when compared to making new packaging from new aluminium.
Making new items out of recycled aluminium saves 10 to 20 times more carbon than producing it using new aluminium.
Required recycling rates by 2030.
The ambition of our industry is to recycle 100% of the beverage cans in Europe by 2030. Today, we’re recycling 75%.
But it’s not just about cans. By 2030, we need to recycle over 50% of all aluminium packaging including foil trays, food cans and aerosols.