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2021 grants for aluminium can recycling from packaging experts

IOM3 Content Cafe
28 Oct 2020
Can collection

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the USA, will make grants available in 2021 to material recovery facilities for aluminium can capture equipment, helping ensure used beverage cans are accurately sorted, sold and recycled.

Aluminum beverage cans currently provide critical revenue to material recovery facilities (MRFs).  A CMI-funded study concluded that without the revenue from used cans, most MRFs, would not be able to operate.  In the US, used beverage cans (UBCs) are typically the most valuable commodity in the residential recycling stream, however, up to 25% of UBCs are missorted at a typical MRF.  These missorted cans can be captured with the right equipment, which would pay for itself with the additional revenue.

Directly funded by international can manufacturers Ardagh Group and Crown Holdings, the grant programme will provide examples of the efficacy and revenue impact that additional aluminium can capture equipment can have for a MRF.  Further, Ardagh Group and Crown Holdings are exploring additional recycling programmes that they, along with other partners, can implement to leverage additional aluminium can capture equipment in MRFs.

For more information about the CMI aluminium can capture grant programme, please contact Scott Breen at the CMI.