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Record high for European steel packaging recycling rates

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Alexis Van Maercke

NEW research has revealed that recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached a new high of 79,5%.

The figures were issued by APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, and suggest that the industry’s target of 80% by 2020 is well within reach.

APEAL said the figures, representing data from 2016, show an increase of two percentage points and provide a “real example” of circular economy in action.

The organisation added that the methodology and data sources used to calculate the recycling rate have been independently reviewed, audited and certified by energy and waste specialist consultancy Eunomia.

Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of APEAL said, “Being so close to our 2020 industry target is a great achievement. It shows that a truly circular economy which reduces waste, saves resources and closes the material loop is well within reach of the EU.

“With the new Circular Economy Package the EU has adopted higher recycling targets for all members states. APEAL will continue to drive the sharing of good practices for higher recycling, as well as to increase awareness of sustainable packaging choices and inform environmental policy.”

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