Some Say: The recycling of a can does not have much of an effect on the environment.
The Truth: Every recycled can counts … and helps save the environment! Saving drinks cans for recycling means that they don’t end up at landfill sites. As every single part of every can collected can be recycled, it also means that there is no waste. Around nine tonnes of CO2 are saved for every tonne of aluminium recycled. Metal can be endlessly recycled, meaning that environmental savings stack up. In fact, every can recycled cuts the carbon footprint of the next can.
Some Say: The production of metal is energy intensive – even more so than other options. That’s why cans are a less preferable drinks package.
The Truth: Yes, producing metal from raw materials does use a lot of energy which is why recycling is so important. Can recycling saves as much as 95 per cent of the energy required to produce virgin materials. Continual lightweighting also means that it is now possible to make 60 cans (holding 30 litres of beverages) with only 1kg of aluminium. A BCME study found that beverage cans produce around 45 percent fewer emissions across the supply chain than other options.