Aluminum Cans Hit 70-Percent Recycled Content, Study Notes

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

December 19, 2014

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Aluminum Cans Hit 70-Percent Recycled Content, Study Notes

Aluminum cans, already the most recycled beverage container, now contain 70-percent recycled content compared with 68 percent in 2010, according to a new report.

The study conducted by the environmental research firm PE International also concludes that cans are 2 percent lighter than in 2010 and the lightest beverage option available. They also require 14 percent less energy to manufacture compared with 2010. The new study updates a lifecycle assessment study released that year, according to a news release from the Arlington, Va.-based Aluminum Association.

The study surveyed can sheet producers and can manufacturers representing nearly 100 percent of production in 2012 in the United States and Canada.

“This new data reinforces the tremendous sustainability advantages when consumers choose to enjoy their beverage of choice from an infinitely recyclable aluminum can,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association.



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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