Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has signed up its first European can manufacturer, Ball Packaging Europe. The manufacturers recycling manager Norman Lett has also joined Alupros Board. Lett said: Alupros expertise in both Government affairs and working with partners across all collection routes in the UK is very valuable to the business. We have supported their consumer Recycle for Africa campaigns which have helped produce a 47% increase in recycling over the past three years, plus 100,000 trees already planted in Africa, with another 85,000 planned through the new fruit trees for Malawi programme, and I now look forward to being fully involved with all the issues involved in maximising UK recycling performance. Ball Packaging has 12 production sites including three in the UK at Wrexham, Deeside and Rugby. It is a subsidiary of Ball Corporation, USA, a global producer of metal and plastic packaging. Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said: We have always worked closely with Ball and are delighted that the relationship is now being formalised, and that we shall have the benefit of Normans experience around the table.