Aluminium can recycling hits record high in Ireland

Repak, Ireland’s only government-approved packaging recycling scheme has announced that the official recycling rate for aluminium drink cans consumed in Ireland has risen from 54% in 2016 to 73% in 2017.

More than 7 out of 10 aluminium drink cans sold and consumed in Ireland in 2017 were collected for recycling, and the 7,297 tonnes collected is the highest rate of aluminium can recycling since Repak began recording data in 2006.

The news comes as Alupro Ireland, the not-for-profit company who develop and run the programme Every Can Counts, received a finalist nomination in the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative category at the prestigious Pakman Awards, a national recycling awards powered by Repak.

Every Can Counts has increased can recycling points across the country in sports clubs, tourist attractions, hospitals, universities, and organisations of all kinds. The programme went on tour this summer and was found at all the major festivals rewarding positive recycling behaviour, providing additional can recycling facilities, and passing on a message that lives long beyond any festival.

Repak’s CEO, Seamus Clancy, said: “It is fantastic to see aluminium drink can recycling rates taking such a significant jump in just one year – and the highest level on record. The challenge is to help consumers to recognise aluminium packaging as an extremely cost-effective material to recycle through education and effective communications. Alupro Ireland’s nomination for a Pakman Awards demonstrates the effectiveness of its campaigns and highlights the excellent results that have helped increase Ireland’s aluminium recycling rates.”

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