Recycling a drink can is an opportunity to do infinite good, and more and more people are choosing to keep the cycle going – the UK drink can recycling rate reached a new high of 76% in 2019!
Click here to read the full news release by Alupro, the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation, announcing the 2019 UK aluminium packaging recycling rates.
Chris Latham-Warde, Every Can Counts UK Programme Manager, said: “Our vision is for every can in the UK to be recycled, so it’s really encouraging to see that we’re making progress in the right direction. In the past 5 years, the drink can recycling rate has increased by an impressive 16% in the UK. This is testament to the ongoing improvements being made by the recycling industry and the considered actions being taken by consumers to ensure their empty drink cans are placed in the right bin.”
A survey of 10,000 people conducted by Every Can Counts across 30 sporting and music events in the UK last year suggests where attention is needed in order to further close the gap to a 100% recycling rate. The survey results revealed that the majority of consumers are keen for more can recycling bins in public spaces, with 60 per cent of respondents calling for more facilities on UK streets, 56 per cent calling for more facilities at beaches and 51 per cent asking for more provision at music and sporting events.
Every Can Counts continues its work with partners across the UK to improve ‘on the go’ can recycling facilities. These projects form a fundamental part of the programme’s mission to empower and inspire consumer behaviour change. While activities at events and festivals have been put on hold this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the programme has adapted and continues to raise awareness of the many benefits of recycling drink cans through its increased media and digital outreach. And the team are ready and waiting to take the recycling message back into the physical world when life ‘on the go’ resumes.