Tinplate packaging reaches 90.4% recycling rate in Germany

Around 90.4% of tinplate packaging used in Germany was recycled in 2018, according to an annual recycling report for packaging by Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung (GVM). The recycling rate of tinplate from private end-use sources was as high as 92.2%, making it the most recycled packaging material, according to thyssenkrupp.

Dr Peter Biele, CEO of thyssenkrupp, said: “The high recycling rate of tinplate sends a strong message to the filling industry, trade and consumers: If you are looking for sustainable packaging material in a closed, effective material cycle, tinplate is the right choice.”

Thyssenkrupp claims that tinplate, which is used in the production of aerosols, is almost 100% recyclable with no loss of quality. Biele added: “This is because packaging steel is made from natural raw materials such as iron ore, coking coal and limestone as well as part-scrap steel. The characteristic properties of this metal allow steel to be melted down again and again and processed into a new steel product with resources that occur in nature.”

Biele also claims that tinplate is less harmful to the environment, as it can be reused and recycled. He said: “It’s quite simple really; if today’s consumers separate their waste correctly and put their cans into recycling, tomorrow these cans might become part of a bike and the day after tomorrow a car part. Tinplate that was produced decades ago is still in today’s new steel products.”

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