Climate protection by recycling of aluminum packaging - More than 554,000 less tons of greenhouse gases
(November 26, 2018) The recycling of aluminum packaging continued to increase at a high level in Germany, reaching a new high value in 2017.
From 124,900 tonnes of aluminum packaging used in the market this year, 109,000 tonnes were recycled.
This corresponds to an increase of more than 8,000 tons compared to previous year and a recycling rate of over 87 percent, as the GVM Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung mbH, Mainz, has determined in a recent study.
'Complementary to material efficiency and product protection, the well-functioning recycling infrastructure is a very important component of resource conservation and climate protection,' commented Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, Managing Director of DAVR (German Aluminum Packaging Recycling GmbH, Grevenbroich), the information provided by GVM.
'The now achieved recycling volumes reduce the production of greenhouse gases by more than 554,000 tons of so-called CO2-equivalents per year. The new packaging law enters into force at the beginning of 2019 and creates stable framework conditions and triggers investments in even more modern sorting systems. This will also continue to benefit aluminum recycling.'
Every year, GVM determines the production and recycling of packaging waste in Germany - also on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, Berlin.
The recovery volumes of the various dual systems and the return of used packaging via other organizations and collection routes are taken into account.