Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached a new high of 79,5%



Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached a new high of 79,5% and is well on track to reach the industry’s self-imposed target of 80% by 2020, according to figures issued by APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging.

This new all-time high, representing data from 2016, means that for every 10 items of steel packaging put on the European market, close to 8 have been collected, effectively recycled and made available for the manufacture of new steel products.

With an increase of 2 percentage points on 2015 data, steel for packaging’s recycling rate is pulling ever further away from that of other packaging materials.

It’s a real example of circular economy and confirms steel as Europe’s most recycled packaging material for the 12th consecutive year. The methodology and data sources used by APEAL to calculate the recycling rate have been independently reviewed, audited and certified by energy and waste specialist consultancy, Eunomia.

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