Aluminium packaging sets new record

Aluminium packaging sets new record in Germany with 90.4% recycled. This leads to a reduction of more than 610,000 tonnes global warming gases.

Düsseldorf, 10 February 2020 - According to the latest study by Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung mbH (GVM), 120.7 kilotonnes (kt) of the 133.5 kt of aluminium packaging used in Germany was recycled in 2018 (2017: 107.5 kt). This represents a recycling rate of 90.4 per cent. Given the strong market growth, both the quantity of aluminium packaging used and the recycling rate reached all-time highs. It was associated with a considerable reduction in greenhouse gases, which amounted to more than 610,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents a year.

Every year, GVM determines the amount of packaging waste generated and recycled in Germany for the German Environment Agency and an industry consortium that includes DAVR. The report takes into account the amounts of used packaging recycled via the various dual systems and the deposit scheme for beverage cans, as well as the amounts recovered via other routes.

More information can be found at DAVR.