From drinks cans to food containers, aerosols and tubes, aluminium is widely used in all sorts of packaging. And with our combination of shredders, separation equipment and furnaces, we’re well-equipped to handle the complexities of such products.
Across Europe over 50 billion drinks cans are used every year, and little wonder – aluminium means cans retain taste with a very long shelf life, are light, stackable and sturdy and can quickly cool a drink, keeping it cool for longer.
It’s also an ideal material for recycling, with current levels over 80% and targets close to 100%, and just takes just 60 days for a can to be produced, filled, distributed, consumed and recycled into a new can – which can be repeated again and again. Campaigns such as Every Can Counts, initiated by Alupro, encourage collecting and recycling cans – and as a member of Alupro, we’re at the leading edge of closed loop packaging recycling.
Recycling post-consumer food packaging can pose significant problems for the food processing industry – which is why Nespresso chose aluminium for its coffee pods, both for its ability to keep coffee fresher for longer and for its unique recyclability.
Working closely with Nespresso and latterly Podback, we have developed and enhanced the processing of spent coffee pods since 2009, and now handle huge recycling volumes to get closer and closer to optimum recycling rates.