Italian-Russian Aluminium Forum - Aluminium packaging recycling: Italy is best in class in Europe

Stellini (CIAL): “With over 70% of recycled material, we have already exceeded Europe’s targets for 2030”


A green economy is the base of the European Union’s strategy aiming at reaching Net 0 by 2050. The European Commission has passed a series of measures that maximize packaging recycling, no matter the origin material. As for aluminium, the recycling target is 50% by 2025 and 60% by 2030.

Italy has already reached and exceeded this target by far, recycling over 70% of the material placed in circulation on the market and getting to the podium along with Germany and after the United States and Japan in terms of quantity of recycled material. These are the data highlighted by the Italian-Russian Aluminium Forum – organized by Metef (the expo dedicated to aluminium) and the Russian Aluminium Association – that will end tomorrow and has brought together entrepreneurs, associations and technical operators to discuss about the green material par excellence: aluminium.





One of the speakers is Stefano Stellini, Communication and External Relations Manager of CIAL, the Italian Aluminium Packaging Consortium that gathers the operators of the entire industrial production chain: from commodity to packaging producers down to final users, reclaiming and recycling companies. “The Italian aluminium recycling industry is undergoing a phase of record expansion – said Stellini – this is the reason why we can currently talk of an “Italian model”. Despite their operational independence, all our member firms share the responsibility to reach the most challenging targets as for the dynamics that our Country’s waste management system implies.”

With 47,000 tons of aluminium packaging recycled in 2020, equal to 68.7% of the total 69K ton placed on the market – and another 4,500 tons of thin packaging destined to waste-to-energy plants – Italy was confirmed last year too as one of the European best-in-class countries in terms of quantity of recycled aluminium produced. This result prevented the generation of greenhouse gases equal to as much as 355k tons of CO2 and saved energy equivalent to 153k tons of oil.

“These are outstanding results, even more so because CIAL deals in all types of packaging products – from cans to trays, tins, thin film, tubes, canisters, caps, plugs and closures – while the other countries started with rigid packaging and progressively got to the collection of the other formats in order to meet the objectives laid down by the EU” – concluded Stellini.

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