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Report from Aluminum Association: Aluminum Can is Most Sustainable Package, but Recycling Rates in Decline


The Aluminum Association recently released a report with the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) indicating that aluminum cans have ongoing sustainability advantages.

“The Aluminum Can Advantage: Sustainability Key Performance Indicators” demonstrates that aluminum cans contain about 73 percent recycled content, and that aluminum can scrap is far more valuable than materials used in other beverage containers. However, both industry and consumer recycling rates dropped in 2019.

“Aluminum beverage can recycling is vital to the nation’s recycling system and overall economy. Since metal recycles forever, aluminum cans are already the most recycled beverage container in the United States and the world with nearly 5 million beverage cans recycled every hour in the United States,” reads the Aluminum Association and CMI’s ‘Every Can Counts’ Manifesto. “And yet, recycling rates in the United States have been in decline in recent years. […] [T]oo much infinitely recyclable aluminum is going to landfill – at major economic and environmental cost.”

See the Aluminum Association news item for more information and to access the report.

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