Europe’s first aluminium caps and closures recycling drive
A new drive to increase the awareness of recycling of caps and closures amongst UK residents has been launched.
Called “You Can leave your cap on” the drive is a partnership between Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), British Glass and the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
The initiative is part of a trial campaign with four English local authorities and claims to be the first of its kind in Europe.
Following research by Alupro into the UK closure market through both its members and those of British Glass, it was found that approximately 5,000 tonnes of aluminium from caps and closures could be recovered.
At today’s raw material prices that’s more than £2 million worth of aluminium that could be diverted from landfill.
Rick Hindley, executive director, Alupro said, “The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that the consumer gets in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be captured for reprocessing.
“The message to the public is simple; screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the easiest way for people to do their bit to recycle this valuable material.”
Sevenoaks District Council is the first authority to trial the new campaign materials, with Dartford, Portsmouth and Bedford also taking part.
Following the four initial local authority trials, which began this month, over the next few months results will be measured and announced by Alupro later in the autumn.