73% of European household rigid metal packaging was recovered and recycled in 2011

03 February 2014

The 2011 recycling rate for rigid metal consumer packaging (European average, EU 27+EFTA) increased by 2.8% to 73.0% (2010: 70,2%). The increase of 2.8% reflects a long-term trend over the past 20 years, during which the metal packaging sector has been able to improve its recycling results.
The extra recycled tonnage of 188kt of steel packaging and aluminium beverage cans in 2011 equals an increase of 7% over 2010, resulting in a total of nearly 2.9 million tonnes of metal being recycled back into packaging or into other useful products such as building parts, automotive parts or even into bicycles (Press Release Metal Packaging Europe, 7 January 2014).
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