Aluminium packaging recycling rates rose by more than 4% last year, the biggest increase reported so far.
According to the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), the overall recycling rates for aluminium packaging and drinks cans in 2011 was 45%.
The figures are based on PRN data from Defra and are combined with data from industry stakeholders and Alupro members.
Alupro also says that the recycling rate for drinks cans in the UK reached 60% last year, despite continued growth in sales of drinks cans and an increase in the amount of aluminium packaging on the market.
Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said that the figures were good news for the industry.
He said: “It follows a period of significant activity and investment to boost recycling participation and capture rates for aluminium, and all metal packaging, and reflects an increasing awareness of the economic value of recycling aluminium packaging, and the contribution it can make to the viability of a recycling programme.
Hindley also highlighted industry funded programmes such as Every Can Counts, Aerofoil and MetalMatters for influenced consumer behaviour as well as increased capture rates.