In Germany, 91.4% of tinplate from private consumption was recycled in 2020, according to data published by the Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung (gvm).
The recycling rate for total tinplate consumption has also been stable at around 90% since 2006.
“Tinplate proves once again that it is a sustainable packaging material in a closed, well-functioning material loop,” said Dr Peter Biele, CEO of thyssenkrupp Rasselstein. “It can be recycled over and over again without losing its inherent properties.
“A tinplate can, a twist-off closure or a crown cork can be recycled after use and made into a new, high-quality steel product as part of a wind turbine, car component, or a bicycle part.”
Tinplate is almost 100% recyclable. The characteristic properties of this metal allow steel to be melted down over and over again and be processed with pig iron from the blast furnace to produce crude steel and then be made into a new steel product.
“For this to be possible, tinplate must be disposed of properly – here the ball is in the consumer’s court. Empty tinplate packaging belongs in the yellow bag or the yellow garbage bin,” added Biele. “This is the only way to ensure that steel packaging will also return to the material cycle.
thyssenkrupp Rasselstein is working to help close the material loop by ensuring packaging steel is recycled in Germany using its own recycling systems: DWR – Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Weißblechrecycling for the private sector and Kreislaufsystem Blechverpackungen Stahl for the commercial/industrial sector.
According to the gvm report, consumption of food cans increased by 9% due to Covid, because households stockpiled. The consumption of chemical-technical packaging increased by 16%, as the DIY market flourished during the pandemic.