In 2020 212,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging – primarily drink cans, aluminium foil and aerosols – was placed on the market in the UK.
Aluminium packaging represents up to 25% of the value of materials typically collected at the kerbside and commands the highest price per tonne for any recyclate collected at kerbside.
Aluminium represents 1% (by volume) of the domestic waste stream. This may sound like a relatively small amount but, according to WRAP’s Best Practice Guide on the collection of aerosols and aluminium foil, the high value of aluminium means that even small amounts yield reasonable cost savings for authorities that have a revenue sharing agreement with their waste management firm or materials recovery facility (MRF).
With Landfill Tax set at £96 per tonne in 2021 and increasing year on year, removing aluminium from landfill streams is increasingly important.
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