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UK aluminium recycling rate ‘higher than recorded’ in 2015

  Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The UK’s actual rate of recycling for aluminium packaging in 2015 was much better than initially reported with over 10,000 tonnes of material going unreported, according to a study commissioned by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).

Alupro believes that the figure could be higher than official figures claimed, with the estimated recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans alone reaching 69 per cent, up from 60 per cent.

It also noted that according to packaging waste recovery data recently released by the Environment Agency, the “business” recycling rate for all aluminium packaging in the UK exceeded its 2015 target of 49 per cent, reaching 76,027 tonnes.

The additional research commissioned by Alupro was to determine how much aluminium packaging is reprocessed or exported, beyond the figures reported by reprocessors and exporters via packaging recycling notes (PRNs). It found at least 10,000 tonnes of qualifying used aluminium packaging did not go through the PRN system in 2015.

Therefore, an estimated 86,200 tonnes were actually collected for aluminium recycling, equating to an overall recycling rate of 55 per cent for 2015.

Rick Hindley, executive director, Alupro, said: “Meeting ambitious EU recycling targets and making the circular economy a reality is the responsibility of the entire supply chain, and will require long-term commitment and involvement throughout the materials sector.”

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