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Steel recycling record achieved

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 16:12:47

Steel remains Europe's most widely recycled material used in the production of product packaging, according to REB News. The latest figures indicate that rates for reconstitution of the metal hit 74 per cent in the past year.

When taken alongside recycling rates for other packaging materials, such as the 35 per cent for plastic and 68 per cent for glass, it is clear that steel has taken a strong lead.

These figures come from the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL), with spokesperson, Alexander Mohr, explaining that the organisation was well aware of the important role that recycling plays in the industry.

By the end of the decade, it is hoped by APEAL that steel recycling rates will be at 80 per cent, although the progress which is being made at the moment could see this target easily achieved and even bettered.

Various nations in the EU have shown an eagerness to embrace steel recycling, according to Mohr, who said that five of the most fervent countries for this process are already hitting rates of at least 90 per cent. This bodes well for the future and indicates a general shift towards a more sustainable, responsible approach to packaging material disposal, amongst businesses and the general public alike.

While legislation is an important tool in helping to boost recycling rates, it is also necessary to educate people about the advantages associated with being responsible with waste products.

Mobile phone manufacturers are taking this onboard, with many choosing to reduce the amount of packaging that is included with new handsets. And the rest of the material, which is still necessary to get devices to consumers, tends to be recyclable itself.

Meanwhile, mobile owners can sell their old phones online to recycling companies so that they get cash back for their unwanted handsets and do their bit for the environment.




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