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.