According to Renault de Freitas Castro, CEO of the Brazilian Association of Cans of High Recyclabilty (ABRALATAS) the Brazilian beverage can manufacturing industry has been continuously investing to meet the demand.
In 2012, the Brazilian beverage can industry increased its capacity by 9.5% from 21 billion units to 23 billion based on an expected 7% in beverage can consumption. “the industry increased in 2012 its productive capacity in 9,5% going from 21 billion to 23 billion units per year; an expectation of 7% growth in the consumption of cans”.
According to both ABAL and ABRALATAS 18.4 million packages were recycled in 2011, which equates to 50.4 million per day or 2.1 million per hour.
Carlos Roberto de Morais, co-ordinator of ABAL's Recycling Committee, said: "This result has its foundation in a chain structured more than 20 years ago and that guarantees a strong and consistent demand that remunerates all the links involved therein”.
In economic and environmental terms, the collection of aluminum UBCs has injected US$310 million in the domestic economy.
In addition, because recycling only consumes 5% of the power needed to produce primary aluminium, it has saved Brazil 3.780 GWh, a figure equivalent to the domestic residential market of 6.5 million people in two million households.