Ball Corporation is partnering with Recycle Aerosol LLC to increase the recycling rates of aluminum aerosol cans in the US.
In line with the global transition to a truly circular economy, Ball is committed to building strategic partnerships that can help the industry move toward a world where materials can be used over and over again.
Predrag Ozmo, Sustainability Manager, Ball Corporation, stated: “Beverage cans are really setting the benchmark for aluminum packaging recycling and at Ball we are working towards those same high standards for our aerosol cans. There are several reasons why aerosol cans still have some ground to make up, including a lack of consumer education around proper disposal and recyclability of aerosol cans in general. At Ball, we recognize the existing issues in the end-of-life management of aluminum aerosol cans. We are committed to significantly improving recycling rates worldwide, working together with the industry, our value chain partners and brand owners. We are confident that by joint efforts and dedicated work, we can make aluminum aerosol cans as recyclable as beverage cans and keep the precious metal they are built from in the infinite material loop”.
Each year in the US, a small portion of filled aerosol cans are deemed unsellable and are never used by consumers, for a variety of reasons. Gary Okey, Executive VP, Recycle Aerosol, stated: “Recycle Aerosol has four decades of experience recycling unsaleable filled aerosol bottles and cans that include damaged packaging, manufacturing rejects, out of date contents or changed marketing campaigns and which may not otherwise be recycled. As our core business, Recycle Aerosol has developed and honed its engineered process to collect the fluids and gases from the unused aerosol and provide these valuable separated ingredients to new end users.”
Not only does the partnership increase the recycling of aerosol cans, it also creates a closed-loop process where used cans are recycled into new aerosol cans. It is very energy and carbon efficient to produce aluminum products from recycled aluminum. The alloys used for producing aluminum aerosols are of high purity, so when sourced specifically from recycled aluminum aerosol bottles and cans, there are efficiency gains that also reduce the need for virgin aluminum.
Predrag Ozmo added that: “Aluminum is a prime example of true material circularity – 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today and it can be recycled infinitely, without loss of quality. It is also one of the most valuable materials on the market, so no additional incentives are needed to recycle it. Due to its superior properties, much of aluminum is “trapped” in long lasting products like airplanes, buildings and window frames, and as a result only about one third of global demand for aluminum can be satisfied from recycled sources. That is why keeping valuable materials like aluminum in the material loop and having it recycled over and over again is one of the foundations of the circular and low-carbon economy and why we at Ball are determined to improve collection and recycling of aluminum aerosol cans worldwide”.
Once the used aerosol cans have been emptied, they are re-melted and the remelted Secondary Ingots (RSI) are then shipped to Ball, where they will be used to make new, infinitely recyclable aerosol cans.
About Ball Corporation:
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products for customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 24,300 people worldwide and reported 2021 net sales of $13.8 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
About Recycle Aerosol LLC.:
Recycle Aerosol LLC. Is an industry leader with four decades of experience in engineering a closed-loop process for aerosol can recycling. Our processes recycle a variety of consumer, post-consumer, and industrial aerosol products. We accept full, used, and empty aerosol cans as well as other containerized consumer products. For more information, visit us at www.recycleaerosol.com and connect with us on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com.