A recent study by the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) confirms recycling rates for aluminium cans of 71% and more. The study also shows that 60 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved annually by 2030 if the recycling of beverage cans is effectively promoted worldwide.
The report also proposes 25 levers to increase and strategic recommendations to improve the recycling of aluminium cans in six countries in the Middle East, Oceania and Asia. The findings and recommendations are based on the assessment of waste management systems in Australia, Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. The selected countries provide a representative insight into the use, collection and processing of cans in different countries and cultures. The assessment also provides insights into the regional trade flows of used beverage cans (UBCs) in the Gulf region and Asia-Pacific – key trading centres.
Various aspects were analysed for each of the six countries, including waste management and legislation, collection infrastructure, recycling and landfill rates, volumes placed on the market, usage trends, overall performance, trade in used beverage cans, material flows and future targets.