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When it comes to recycling aluminium, Every Can Counts

Country: 
EU, United Kingdom
City: 
Brockhill

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes
Submitted by: 
Eurometaux
Start/End date: 
01/2009
Ongoing: 
Yes
Mr. Maarten Labberton & Mr. David Van Heuverswyn, European Aluminium
Description: 

The “Every Can Counts” programme aims to improve recycling by enabling and encouraging people to recycle drinks cans used outside the home (e.g. workplaces, festivals, tourist locations, etc.).

By providing information materials and practical advice, Every Can Counts is a ‘one stop shop’ to help organisations increase recycling and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. Developed and funded by the beverage can manufacturing and recycling industry, there are now Every Can Counts programmes operating across 12 European countries (UK, France, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Montenegro, Serbia, Poland, Belgium).

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Main results: 

Maximising recycling performance by establishing successful partnerships between metals industry, local authorities, collection partners and major retail and drinks brands.

The aluminium beverage can is one of the world’s most popular drinks containers. Europeans use up to 50 billion cans every year. Increasing recycling helps to save energy and resources.

Aluminium is a permanent material, one for which the inherent properties do not change during use and following repeated recycling into new products. Recycling aluminium uses only 5% of the energy needed for the primary production. It takes only 60 days for a single aluminium can to be produced, filled, distributed, consumed and recycled into a new can.

Encouraging recycling of beverage cans is thus key to achieve the circular economy.