Steel recycling reaches target rate three years early

Alexis Van Maercke
Alexis Van Maercke

NEW research has revealed recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached an all-time high of 80.5%.

The figures, issued by APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, represents data from 2017 and is aid to confirm steel as the continent’s most recycled primary packaging material.

The news also indicates the industry has met and even exceeded its aim to achieve an 80% recycling rate in Europe by 2020.

Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of APEAL said, “With 100% of the separately collected steel packaging being recycled into new steel products, these figures further reinforce the fact that steel is the best placed of all packaging materials to reach the higher recycling targets proposed by the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive in the context of the Circular Economy package.

“This is another major achievement for the industry, and sends a loud and clear message to brands, manufacturers and retailers that it is high time more emphasis was placed on this tried, tested and sustainable packaging solution.”