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Europe recycles 70% of its steel packaging

David Bellm

January 30, 2014

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Europe recycles 70% of its steel packaging
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The latest figures from APEAL (the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging) show that 70% of steel packaging is recycled in Europe.  This represents over 2.5 million tons of food and drinks cans and other steel containers being recycled in 2008, saving 3.9 million tons of CO2. According to the latest available data, this places recycling rates for steel above those of other packaging materials such as plastic, beverage cartons and glass (29% , 33%  and 62%  respectively).


Saving energy and carbon
By integrating recycled steel into the manufacturing process the industry achieves energy savings of 70% and lowers its output of CO2.. In fact, each item of recycled steel packaging saves one and a half times its weight of CO2. So the more steel is recycled, the more CO2 emissions are reduced, says APEAL

Improved recycling performance across the board
In 2008, the recycling rate for steel packaging continued to grow throughout Europe rising by 1.4% from the 2007 total. Belgium was once again Europe’s recycling champion where 93% of steel packaging was recycled. Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands follow closely behind, recycling over 87% of their steel containers.

SOURCE: Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging

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