Roadmap for 100% Aluminium Beverage Can Recycling by 2030
European Aluminium and Metal Packaging Europe on 24 March 2021 launched a joint Roadmap towards achieving 100% aluminium beverage can recycling by
European Aluminium and Metal Packaging Europe on 24 March 2021 launched a joint Roadmap towards achieving 100% aluminium beverage can recycling by 2030. The Roadmap reflects the conviction among aluminium producers of cansheet, manufacturers of aluminium beverage cans and recyclers of used aluminium beverage cans that the full potential of the aluminium beverage can as a front-runner in a truly circular economy can be achieved within the next ten years. The Roadmap was launched during a webinar this morning, organised jointly by the two associations and attended by over 200 stakeholders, a collaboration which will be vital to achieving this ambitious, but realistic, aim.
Metal Packaging Europe’s Beverage Can Commission Chairman Mr Oliver Graham said "Made from a permanent and infinitely recyclable material, easily sorted and efficiently recycled, and with a high end-of-life economic value, the aluminium beverage can is well-suited for 'real circularity'. With this in mind, achieving a 100% recycling rate for beverage cans by 2030 is a realistic aim, based on maximising the circular potential of the aluminium beverage can"
European Aluminium Packaging Group Chairman Mr Andy Doran added"While we are confident that we can achieve this ambitious target, it will require the participation and support of the entire value chain. We therefore call on our partners, including brand owners, retailers, consumers, packaging recovery organisations, recyclers and others, to work with us to further improve the collection of cans, as part of a joint mission to fully close the loop and move from the current recycling rate of 76.1% to a real recycling rate of 100% in 2030."
The presentation of the Roadmap was followed by a lively panel discussion, featuring speakers from key areas of the value chain, all of whom expressed their willingness to work towards reaching the 100% target set out in the Roadmap. Menno Koopmans from Soul Water described the aluminium beverage can as fitting perfectly with the brand's socially conscious and sustainable ethos, while Sophie Genier, from the French 'Green Dot' scheme CITEO, promised to further improve the French yellow bin system for all recyclable packaging, including beverage cans. Kjell Olav Maldum from Norwegian Deposit Return System INFINITUM stressed how well-suited aluminium is to a cost-effective DRS, resulting in almost 100% collection rates and high-grade recycling and Vanya Veras of Municipal Waste Europe stressed the importance of continuing to develop strong links between industry and municipalities for more effective collection.