The aluminium can has the highest recycling rate of any beverage container and contains 70 percent recycled content on average – more than three times the recycled content of glass or plastic (PET) bottles. The study also found that aluminium can recycled material is worth nearly 300 percent more per ton than plastic or glass.
“This new report confirms that aluminium cans are recycled by U.S. consumers at rates more than 20 points higher than that of other beverage containers, making them the sustainable package of choice,” said Heidi Brock, President and CEO of the Aluminum Association. “Cans are recycled at the highest rates, and drive recycling programmes across the country because of the high value of aluminum compared to other packaging materials.”
“The continued success of aluminium can recycling is a testament to our industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Robert Budway, President of the Can Manufacturers Institute. “Americans know when they are tasting a refreshing canned beverage that they are purchasing America's most recycled beverage package.”
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