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Aluminum recycling rate drops

A recently released report indicates that in 2001 more aluminum cans were littered, landfilled or incinerated than...


A recently released report indicates that in 2001 more aluminum cans were littered, landfilled or incinerated than were recycled. "Trashed Cans: The Global Environmental Impacts of Aluminum Can Wasting in America" was prepared by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), a U.S. research group that studies container recycling issues and tracks container recycling rates.

CRI data also reveals that the rate has been in a state of decline for a decade, after peaking at 65 per cent in 1992. Using data from industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CRI found that the recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans dropped below 50 per cent in 2001 for the first time in 16 years.

On April 26, the Aluminum Association reported an aluminum can recycling rate of 55.4 per cent for 2001 — a rate CRI says is not accurate for a variety of reasons.

According to Pat Franklin, executive director of CRI, the 50.7 billion aluminum cans wasted last year squandered energy value equivalent to 16 million barrels of crude oil, or enough energy to supply 2.7 million American homes with electricity for a year.

For more information or for a copy of the report, contact Pat Franklin at 703-276-9800


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