Aluminium beverage can recycling in Europe at 74%
(July 24, 2018) The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland further increased to a new record level of 73.6%. In the ranking of the individual countries, Germany takes place 1.
According to a press release of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) the whole European continent (including other East-European countries, Russia and Turkey) more than 32 billion cans have been recycled in 2015.
This means that every second at least 1000 aluminium beverage cans are being recycled somewhere in Europe! Their metal stays in the European circular economy and remains available for production of new aluminium products.
Recycling aluminium takes 95% less energy than producing it from its raw materials. The recycling process also generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. This means that due to can recycling only we save about 3.6 million tons of GHG emissions annually, the equivalent of the annual emissions of a mid-sized European town like Bristol, Bologna or Brno.
Please find the full EAA press release text here.