Aluminium Packaging – Key Facts
- In 2016 over 13,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging was put on the market in Ireland.
- 36% of this material was collected for recycling in 2016.
- Most aluminium packaging arises in the domestic waste stream.
- The most common packs are beverage cans, foil trays and aerosols.
- Alupro Ireland estimates 8,767 tonnes of the aluminium packaging on the market are cans.
- Smaller fractions of the market include screw caps and closures (found on glass bottles), dairy lidding and coffee capsules.
- Aluminium is also a component in composite packs, including food and beverage cartons and wrappers; and laminated packs such as medicines and food and drink pouches.
- Household foil is not classed as packaging; but it is widely recycled at kerbside alongside other dry recyclables.
- Facilities exist in UK to reprocess all forms of aluminium packaging. This ranges from a ‘can to can’ closed loop process to recycling of incinerator bottom ashes (IBA).
- Aluminium is a ‘permanently available’ material and endlessly recyclable, so carbon savings increase every time the metal passes through the recycling loop.
Alupro Ireland works alongside the waste and resources industry to improve the collection of aluminium packaging for recycling.