Once the packets or cans are empty, it is important to stress how dependent respect for the environment is on waste sorting. For each type of packaging to be correctly recycled, it must be sorted properly. It is a fact, recycling is good for the planet. Regardless of where you live, feel free to look into the sorting system available in your town.
Packaging: a few figures
522 kilograms of waste are generated per person per year in the European Union. (Eurostat figures)
Worldwide, the amount of waste will increase from 1.3 billion tonnes in 2012 to 2.2 billion tonnes in 2025 (according to the United Nations Environment Programme).
In France, recycling saves 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, or the equivalent of 800,000 less cars on the road. (Eco-packaging)
In France, we produce 590kg of waste per person per year. This is found in our bins and sorting containers (390kg) and at waste collections sites (200kg). In 40 years the numbers have doubled.
Did you know ?
Waste's impact on the environment depends on how it is processed at the end of its life. Cans are 100% recyclable any number of times. Therefore, 1 tonne of steel cans collected represents 2 tonnes of non-renewable raw material saved. .Then? Recycled cans are melted then transformed, into springs for example. Industrial manufacturers can then use them again as raw materials and manufacture new cans.
Metal packaging, 100% recyclable any number of times
Metal packaging, or cans, is a basic renewable source: metal can be recycled any number of times with no deterioration of its technical qualities, and offers the highest primary packaging recycling rate in Europe.
Metal packaging, simple to sort from household waste, can be recovered through magnetic separation (steel can) or Foucault current (aluminium). Once sorted, compacted (for cans recovered through selective collection), crushed (for cans recovered from incineration), the tins are directly transformed into reusable materials to produce new steel or new aluminium.
RECYCLED STEEL PACKAGING
This is used to produce household appliances, cars, building structures, and packaging. Steel can never be wasted. In Europe, the steel recycling rate increased from 25% in 1991 to 71% in 2010.
RECYCLED ALUMINIUM PACKAGING
This is used to produce alloy for car equipment, household appliances, new packaging... In Europe the recycling rate is around 58%.
*Source : UPPIA - See the UPPIA brochure