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Growth in councils' aluminium foil collection

The number of councils collecting aluminium foil has more than doubled in the past eight years and products and packaging using the material are now eligible for ’widely recycled’ status.

According to the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation, Alupro, 86% of councils are collecting aluminium foil for recycling, up from 35% in 2007.

Jane Bevis, chair of the On-Pack Recycling Label, OPRL, said the figures on kerbside collections indicated foil was now eligible for Widely Recycled status.

Foil currently has ’Widely Recycled at Recycling Points: Check Locally for Kerbside’ status under the OPRL scheme.

Once 75% of local authorities collect a material at the kerbside, this message changes to the simpler ‘Widely Recycled’.

”We look forward to WRAP confirmation of this, since we know seven in 10 consumers act on this clear recyclability advice when they see it,” said Bevis.

”Five hundred brands use our labels across hundreds of thousands of products, so that can make a real difference.”

Alupro also revealed that over the past three years the number of councils collecting aerosols has increased from 87% to 96%.

Alupro provides local authorities with free materials to explain how to recycle empty aerosols, household foil and foil containers.

”We have worked with councils and their service providers to dispel some of the myths about these materials being ‘difficult’ to recycle,” said Rick Hindley, executive director of Alupro.

”We’re delighted to see how well councils have responded to this clear messaging, which has enabled more aluminium packaging to be recycled than ever before.”


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