Regarding raw materials: abundance of resources for metal containers.
• Aluminium and steel respectively are the 3rd and 4th most abundant elements in the lithosphere, after oxygen and silicon.
• Recycling significantly reduces the use of raw materials and energy, which leads to an on-going improvement of the environmental credentials of metal containers.
Regarding recycled materials: infinite recyclability without losing value
• Metal containers are recycled in a genuine cycle, or “from material to the same material”.
• Steel tins: recycling levels over the 65% in Europe
• Aluminium tins: recycling levels over the 50% in Europe.
• Metals have the highest recycling rates of any container material in Europe.
• Aluminium and steel are materials that can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing or damaging their essential properties.
• Steel and aluminium are therefore “reusable materials”.
Recovered metal feeds the production cycle – it is not a waste product.
Regarding prevention: saving resources
Metal offers a highly flexible approach to reusing material, and through recycling it constitutes a tried and tested resource for the sustainability of the future.
Over the past 20 years:
• Aluminium tins are 28% lighter
• Steel food containers are 33% lighter
Steel produced from 100% scrap metal requires 75% less energy than steel produced from new raw materials.
Aluminium produced from 100% scrap metal uses 95% less energy than aluminium produced from new raw materials.
The on-going reduction of the weight of tins constitutes an important contribution to preventing excess waste.
Better aluminium and steel recycling:
– Will save natural resources
– Will reduce the total waste of domestic containers
– Will also reduce the carbon footprint produced by steel and aluminium containers.