Beverage Can Management

The aluminum can is a package built for the circular economy. A used beverage can (UBC) serves as a “technical nutrient” as it is returned to the material stream as feedstock at the end of its useful life. Aluminum cans are recycled over and over again in a closed loop process. Aluminum is also by far the most valuable material in the recycling bin on a per ton basis.

Aluminum Can Recycling Rate Reaches Highest Level in More than a Decade

At 58.1%, Can's Recycling Rate Is Nearly Double That of All Other Beverage Containers
WASHINGTON, D.C., The U.S. recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans has reached its highest level in a decade, with 58.1% of all cans recycled last year - a rate that is more than double that of any other beverage container, the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced today. 

Curbside Value Partnership Forms Independent Organization

Focus will continue to be on increasing recycling participation

ARLINGTON, Va., The Aluminum Association, the Can Manufacturers Institute and Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) have announced that Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) has become an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Steve Thompson, long-time director of CVP, has been named executive director. The board of directors is comprised of representatives from Novelis, Alcoa, ARCO Aluminum Inc., Ball Corporation, Coca-Cola Recycling and Keep America Beautiful.

Foil & Packaging

Quick Read

The origin of aluminum foil can be traced by to the early 1900s. Life Savers—one of today’s most popular candies—were first packaged in foil in 1913. To this day, the treats are encased in the world-famous aluminum foil tube.  The uses of foil have grown over the past 100 years to a nearly endless count. From Christmas tree ornaments to spacecraft insulation, TV dinners to medicine packets—aluminum foil has, in many ways, improved both our products and our lives.