Rick Hindley, executive director at Alupro, shares the UK Environment Agency’s latest aluminium recycling figures and discusses how artificially inflated PRN prices are impacting the industry
Every year, UK companies produce more than 1.4 billion aluminium and steel aerosol containers. While 60% are exported, 600 million are sold, filled, and used in the UK. Accounting for more than 30,000 tonnes of metal packaging, the sector delivers significant economic value. Twenty years ago, fewer than 10% of UK local authorities collected empty aerosol containers. In comparison, nearly 90% now include them within kerbside recycling collections. This dramatic increase is hugely positive news, especially considering recycling used aluminium aerosol containers saves up to 95% of the energy needed to manufacture new ones.
Increasing recycling rates – a reason for celebration
According to figures released by the Environment Agency, 116,670 tonnes of aluminium packaging (including aerosol containers) were collected for recycling in the UK last year – a 17% increase compared to 2018 figures (99,852) and...