Brazil's aluminum can recycling rate exceeds 96%, the highest recycling rate in the world

Recent survey data from the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) shows that more than 96% of the aluminum cans consumed in the country are recycled, with the highest recycling rate in the world. According to the survey, it takes only 60 days on average for an aluminum can to be thrown into the trash can to return to the supermarket shelf.

The Brazilian "jovempan" website reported that Alfredo Veiga, the director of the country's largest recycling company for used beverage cans, said that this approach is not only conducive to environmental protection, but also plays an important economic and social role. He said: "Compared with the first processed aluminum products, recycled products can reduce electricity consumption by 90% and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90%. Now about 800 households in Brazil rely on collecting waste aluminum cans for their livelihoods. Its role is very important."

It takes about 200 to 500 years for aluminum cans to degrade naturally in nature. In Brazil, recycling and reuse activities of this type of waste are becoming more common, and the recycling rate ranks first in the world. In addition, more than half (55.4%) of domestically produced aluminum products are made from recycled materials, far exceeding the world average (25.9%). According to Milton Rego, president of the Aluminum Association, this achievement should be attributed to Brazilian factories that specialize in this type of recycling.

He explained: In the past 30 years, there have been many excellent practices that have made aluminum products potentially infinitely recycled. We have made an assumption that among all aluminum products produced in Brazil and other countries in the past 100 years, there are Three quarters are in recycling."

The London Stock Exchange, which determines global metal prices, has now developed a greener and more sustainable plan. They intend to establish a dedicated platform in 2021, only for trading aluminum products produced in a way that does not harm the environment. This may be a positive message for Brazil. In addition to maintaining its current world leading position, it can also stimulate the sustainable development of domestic factories in the industry.

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