Nussbaum Matzingen, a manufacturer of aluminium monobloc cans, has launched an aerosol can made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) aluminium. The firm claims it is the first of its kind containing no primary aluminium at all.
The starting material used is mono-material aluminium scrap from consumer goods returned to the collection points for recycling. The collected scrap is pressed, converted into slugs and processed into aerosol cans by Nussbaum using the regular impact extrusion production process.
In a statement, Nussbaum said that for the first time, the company has been able to implement a circular economy material flow. It said: “Thanks to the close collaboration and the local organisation of the various material processors, the concept can be documented transparently.
“The consumer does not have to accept any qualitative or visual impairment, nor is product safety or processability compromised when filling or transporting the cans.”
The proximity between the collection point, the aluminium processor, and the can manufacturer, which is less than 150km, supports Nussbaum’s sustainability goals. Under the claim ‘from waste to can’, the company is planning further products made from PCR material, extending its range with screw- and pill-cans and flexible or rigid tubes.