The future has to be circular. This means that it is necessary to develop food packaging designed to be recycled easily. We then need to remember to sort aluminium so it goes back into the circular loop and is recycled. Packaging manufacturers and consumers.
The industry has already significantly reduced the environmental impact of the aluminium foil used today and continues to initiate new and innovative ways to make alufoil even more sustainable.
Recycling & Recovery
The practise of collection, recycling and recovery of a product’s packaging after use returns valuable materials and energy to be used again. For aluminium containing packaging, recovering the aluminium effectively reduces the demand for the equivalent quantity of primary (virgin) aluminium which would need to be mined. When very thin alufoil is recovered via incineration, it produces energy whilst simultaneously minimizing the amount of “waste” being sent to landfill. Recycling the recovered aluminium effectively reduces our dependence on natural resources and ensures that they are used efficiently and effectively.
ALUMINIUM IS FULLY RECYCLABLE
Due to the long life span of volume-wise dominant aluminium applications such as buildings and transport vehicles, theavailable quantity of end-of-life aluminium scrap today is limited.
75% of all aluminium ever produced since the start of its industrial production is still in use.
Because of continuous market growth, the current aluminium material demand cannot be fillled by the avail-able recycled aluminium from end-of-life scrap. The missing quantity has to be supplied by the primary aluminium industry.
In Europe, about half of the alumi-nium produced originates from recycled materials
ENCOURAGING END-OF-LIFE RECYCLING IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
To help aluminium remain in the loopand be available for further applications, it is critical to support proper collection, sorting and recyclingof usedproducts.
The circularity performances of aluminium products are determined to a great extent by end of life recycling rates.