Aluminium is a high value material but today, packaging made of this material are not 100% separately collected. Yet, the benefits of sorting and recycling more aluminium packaging are considerable.
Aluminium, the material of choice for a circular economy
Recycling aluminium has many environmental and economic benefits. Aluminium can be infinitely recycled without losing any of its physical and chemical properties. Recycling aluminium requires 95% less energy than its primary production and reduces greenhouse gases emissions to the same extent.
Packaging can help reduce food waste
Packaging prevents food from being damaged or spoiled, both along the supply chain and at home. This reduces the environmental impact of the products which otherwise would have been wasted. Packaging plays an important role in the circular economy. It is crucial to set up an optimal recycling scenario to keep as much material as possible in the loop!
Sorting more, without additional bags and containers
Adding these new items to the blue P+MD bag would provide a recycling solution for additional packaging but would also simplify waste sorting for citizens, all while avoiding multiplying bags and containers at home.
These aluminium packaging items, which are currently discarded together with municipal waste, should be collected in the blue bag. This would reduce the weight and therefore the costs related to municipal waste management
Ambitious legislative objectives
With the adoption in 2018 of its Circular Economy Package and the recent publication of the EU Green Deal with its Circular Economy Action Plan, the European Union has set resolutely ambitious objectives. These objectives should promote the circular economy and stimulate projects aimed at developing more efficient collection systems.