Recycling & Recovery of Aluminium Foil Containing Packaging

Increasing collection and recycling/recovery rates for aluminium foil and alufoil packaging means that an equivalent quantity of primary (i.e. virgin) aluminium will not be required by the industry. This represents a significant energy saving as processing recycled aluminium requires 95% less energy than the equivalent quantity of primary metal produced from bauxite.

Strongly supported by the industry, foil container collection rates have steadily increased throughout Europe with the reported average collection rate of above 50% for 2010. An additional, but as yet unquantified, quantity of aluminium (packaging) is also recovered from the waste to energy incineration plant bottom ashes.

See below for more information. Links to national aluminium packaging recycling organisations are listed here.

Recycling & Recovery
Why is recycling and recovery so important?
Is recycling of packaging a legal obligation?
What is so important about aluminium recycling?
Is aluminium foil recycled?
Can the aluminium metal be recovered from the incinerator bottom ashes?
What is “Recycled Content”?
Is an increased Recycled Metal Content (RMC) a meaningful environmental indicator?