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New high for tinplate recycling rate in Europe

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached a new all-time high of 76%, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) announced this week. This record rate, based on 2014 data, confirms steel as Europe's most recycled packaging material for the 10th consecutive year and sees the recycling rate of steel packaging pull further away from that of other packaging materials.

In APEAL's latest Steel for Packaging Update newsletter secretary general Alexander Mohr commented: "Steel has a number of inherent qualities that have contributed significantly to making it Europe's most recycled packaging material, bringing us ever closer to a circular economy.

"The industry's foresight in driving improvements and continuing work to inform brand and consumer packaging choice and environmental policy has led us to this point. By sharing best practices across Europe we are confident that we will meet our self-imposed target of 80% recycling by 2020."

Later this year the European Parliament will consider a proposed Circular Economy Package (CEP) which targets an 80% steel recycling rate for all member countries to be achieved by 2025. The top 5 steel recycling countries across Europe already recycle an average of 90%.

The methodology and data sources used by APEAL for the calculation of these rates were independently reviewed audited and certified by energy and waste specialist consultancy, Eunomia.

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