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Aluminium Packaging Hits Record-Breaking 68% Recycling Rate in 2023

Exciting news in the sustainability sector: the UK achieved a remarkable 68% recycling rate for aluminium packaging in 2023, marking a significant milestone in environmental conservation efforts. This achievement, highlighted by Circular, underscores the growing commitment to recycling and the positive impact of ongoing initiatives.

Record-Breaking Recycling Figures

According to the National Packaging Waste Database published by the Environment Agency, the UK recycled a record-breaking 162,357 tonnes of aluminium in 2023. This impressive figure includes aluminium packaging collected through various systems such as kerbside, bring, and on-the-go schemes, which saw a 13% year-on-year increase, reaching 115,382 tonnes from 102,195 tonnes in 2022. Additionally, the tonnage recovered from incinerator bottom ash (IBA) rose by 17%, from 38,982 tonnes to 45,632 tonnes.

Tom Giddings, Executive Director of Alupro, expressed his delight at these achievements, emphasising the long-term investments made by the industry to optimise collection and recycling infrastructure over the past 20 years. Giddings noted that despite delays and uncertainties surrounding national recycling legislation, the sector has continued to exceed annual targets, thanks to robust national recycling systems that enable the repeated recycling of used packaging—a key aspect of the circular economy.

Public Awareness and Engagement

The impressive recycling rates are also a testament to the increasing public awareness about environmental issues and the benefits of recycling. Chris Latham-Warde of Every Can Counts, Alupro’s communications programme, highlighted the role of initiatives like Every Can Counts and MetalMatters in driving consumer engagement across the UK and Ireland. These programmes have been pivotal in inspiring better recycling practices at home and on the go, contributing significantly to the improved recycling figures.

Sustainable Packaging Solutions at BlueSky

At BlueSky, we are committed to supporting sustainable practices by offering a range of aluminium packaging solutions that align with the principles of the circular economy. Our products, including aluminium packaging options with recycled content, are designed to meet the highest standards of sustainability and functionality. By choosing our packaging solutions, you contribute to a circular economy by opting for an infinitely recyclable material, that never loses it’s quality.

As we look ahead to further improvements in recycling rates, we remain dedicated to providing more aluminium packaging solutions that support your brand’s commitment to sustainability.

For more information on the record-breaking recycling achievements and the impact of aluminium packaging, you can read the full article on Circular.



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