Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached an all-time high of 76%, according to the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (Apeal).
Apeal says the record rate, which represents data from 2014, confirms steel as Europe’s most recycled packaging material for the 10th consecutive year.
Alexander Mohr, secretary general (pictured), says: “Steel has a number of inherent qualities that have contributed significantly to making it Europe’s most recycled packaging material, bringing us ever closer to a circular economy.”
The organisation says the methodology and data sources used were independently certified by the energy and waste specialist consultancy Eunomia.
Mohr says the success is down to the industry’s foresight in driving improvements and working to inform brand and consumer packaging choice as well as environmental policy.
“By sharing best practices across Europe, we are confident of meeting our self-imposed target of 80% recycling by 2020.”