Aluminium can recycling plant starts up - on US feedstock

The potential for aluminium can recycling was boosted in December when British Alcan opened a £28 million can recycling plant in Warrington. But the plant, Europe's first, will rely on imports from the USA for at least three years.

Four months late and £8 million over budget, the plant is already operating at close to its annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes - equivalent to 66% of UK aluminium can sales.

However, only 6,000 tonnes of aluminium cans were recovered in the UK in 1991, compared to 4,000 tonnes in 1990. The Aluminium Can Recycling Association (ACRA) says that the recycling rate had improved to 10% by the end of the year.

The 90% shortfall in input

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