- Recycling aluminium saves over 90% of the carbon and energy 90% used to make primary aluminium (made directly from bauxite ore).
- The long lifespan of some aluminium applications, such as buildings or cars, means that the quantity of end-of-life aluminium available for packaging is limited and much less than the current production demands.
- The demand for aluminium is growing and is forecast to do so into the future. As a result, the gap between the supply of recycled aluminium and demand needs to be filled by primary aluminium. Calling for high recycled content in aluminium products will not change that situation.
- Instead, calling for high end-of-life recycling rates stimulates the already high collection rates for recycling of used aluminium products and ensures that the pool of recycled aluminium continues to grow.
- A new roadmap for Europe shows how the industry envisions using better collection and sorting techniques, as well as consumer engagement programmes, to get every can back.