Aluminum packaging: Recycling protects our climate - Nearly 500,000 tons less greenhouse gases
(December 16, 2016) Recycling of aluminum packaging continues to develop at a very high level.
From 108,900 tons of aluminum packaging used in the German market in 2015, the number of material recycling was once again slightly increased to 94,800 tons (2014: 94,600 t), according to the latest information from GVM Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung mbH, Mainz. This represents a recycling rate of 87 per cent.
“Coupled with greater material efficiency and perfect product protection, material recovery of aluminium packaging is an important contribution for conservation of resources,” commented Hans-Jürgen Schmidt (Managing Director of Deutsche Aluminium Verpackung Recycling GmbH (DAVR) in Grevenbroich) at GVM’s recycling audit. “The contribution to climate change prevention is considerable: regarding the actual quote, recycled packaging means annual savings in greenhouse gases of nearly 500,000 tonnes so-called CO2 equivalents.”
Every year GVM determines the quantity of packaging waste generated and recycled in Germany ─ also on behalf of the Federal Environmental Agency in Berlin. It takes into consideration quantities of used packaging, recycled by different Dual Systems as well as material returned by other organisations and collection schemes.