This new record rate, which represents data from 2018, confirms steel as Europe’s most recycled primary packaging material and means that more than 8 out of 10 steel items put on the EU market this year have been recycled into new steel products.
Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of APEAL, said: “A recycling increase of two percentage points sends a clear message to all stakeholders in the value chain that steel for packaging is a tried, tested and sustainable packaging solution, fit for a 21st century circular economy.”
In 2018, it is around 4 million tonnes of CO2 saved through recycling, the equivalent of taking 870,000 cars off the road for one year.
“Steel is circular by design. Magnetic properties make steel easy to collect and steel can be recycled over and over again without any loss of material quality. Today’s rise in recycling rates is largely the result of increased separate collection in countries such as Italy and Poland. As 100% of separately collected steel packaging is used to make new products, steel is clearly the best placed of all packaging materials to achieve the aims of the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP 2.0)”
Mr. Van Maercke added that there is no room for complacency, however. The industry has achieved a great deal already, but we must continue to strive towards the improvement of collection and recycling of steel packaging throughout the EU.
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