Aluminium cans support circular economy better than glass or plastic

AJ Gonzalez | March 25, 2022

Packaging Gateway, March 15, 2022

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has found thatĀ aluminium cans better support a circular economy than glass or plastic.

  • 70% of the material used in aluminium cans is recycled into new products, compared with 34% and 40% for glass and plastic respectively.
  • More glass and plastic bottles are sent to landfill than aluminium cans and the losses in the recycling system once collected are three times higher for PET and glass bottles than that of aluminium cans.
  • Aluminium is one of the most recyclable materials on the planet.

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