Recycling facilities in North Carolina and Texas to use CMI’s can capture grant
Recycling facilities in North Carolina and Texas Ardagh Group and Crown Holdings. The Recycling Partnership helped select the grantees and will provide technical assistance to ensure successful implementation.(CMI)’s that will hopefully result in 540 tons, more than 36 million aluminium beverage cans, per year being captured that were previously missorted. These recycling facilities are the initial recipients of a grant programme made possible with the support of can manufacturers
The grant programme builds off the CMI research released last year that found it is critical to capture all used beverage cans (UBC) flowing through material recovery facilities (MRF), which play the critical role in the US recycling system of sorting recyclables. This research concluded that most MRFs in the United States would not be able to operate without the revenue from UBCs considering they are the most valuable beverage package material in the recycling stream.
Due to the success of this initial round of grantees, a new round of applications to the pilot program has been added. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday 11 May.
CMI president Robert Budway said: “It is important for the health of our nation’s recycling system to capture every aluminium beverage can for recycling. Aluminium beverage cans provide 33% of the revenue to MRFs in non-deposit states, which is more than any other residential recyclable. Additionally, CMI beverage can members, Ardagh and Crown, want all used cans back to make them into new cans using the infinitely recyclable aluminium. Capturing missorted cans at the MRF is a cost effective way to capture the valuable aluminium from cans. The return on investment of capturing incremental used can volumes is so high that additional equipment MRFs install will pay for itself in a short period of time.”
The grant money provided to these two MRFs is being combined with other sources of funding at a ratio of more than one to ten. The two MRFs are operated by Independent Texas Recyclers (ITR), Houston, TX, and Curbside Management, Asheville, NC.
The aluminium cans when sold will generate more than $500,000 in revenue for MRFs and when the cans are recycled, it will save more than 15 million kilowatt hours of energy and will avoid more than 3.5 million kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.