Three trade associations—the Aluminum Association, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and theInstitute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)—have announced jointly that the recycling rate for used aluminum beverage cans (UBCs) reached 66.7 percent in 2013, the third time in a row the rate topped 65 percent.
The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Virginia, notes that the UBC recycling rate averaged 54 percent in the prior decade.
“Aluminum cans are recycled more readily and more frequently than any other beverage packaging type—period,” says Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association. “The can’s sustainability advantage is a real differentiator for the product and something we know consumers care about.”
Robert Budway, president of the CMI, based in Washington, says, “Integral to the aluminum beverage can’s position as the premium package for beverages is our unrivaled recycling rate. Consumers and brands recognize that the aluminum beverage can is America’s most recycled drinks package. Our industry is dedicated to being a leader in promoting sustainability and recycling aluminum beverage cans is critical to that effort.”