Aluminium loop for beverage cans is almost completely closed - material recycling rate of 98.9%
(July 13, 2017) On behalf of the DAVR, GVM (Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung mbH, Mainz) has calculated the mass flows considering all collection and recycling routes for the year 2015.
Used beverage cans with a deposit are mainly returned and recycled via retail outlets and the customer gets back the deposit. If used cans enter the yellow bag they will be separated from other packaging materials by modern sorting plants and afterwards recycled.
Beverage cans that come together with household waste into waste treatment plants are not lost for recycling. Nowadays, the recovery by metal separation is now state of the art. So aluminum components can be recovered even from the slag of thermal treatment plants.
Beverage cans usage is rising up more and more in the market. From 2013 to 2015 the put on the market increased from 0.55 Mrd. to 2.37 Mrd. cans. As a result, the GVM comes to a material recycling rate of 98.9% for aluminium cans. Thus, the aluminum loop for beverage cans is almost completely closed.
The study can be downloaded on GVM Web Site.