Term: Consumer Packaging | The Aluminum Association

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.

The Aluminum Association Supports America Recycles Day and Offers Challenge

Recycle Every Aluminum Can You See and Use Tomorrow and Every Day
ARLINGTON, Va., The Aluminum Association supports America Recycles Day, tomorrow, November 15th and reminds everyone to recycle all the aluminum they use in their everyday lives.

Aluminum is infinitely recyclable meaning it can be eternally recycled with no loss in quality.  Aluminum’s recyclability and durability mean that 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. 

Aluminum Association Applauds New York Law to Encourage Sale of Aluminum Bottles

ARLINGTON, VA., The Aluminum Association today applauded the New York State Legislature on its passage of a bill that will permit the sale of aluminum bottles in the state.

The bill, just signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, reverses a little-known provision contained in the state's 1982 Bottle Bill that prohibits the sale of metal beverage containers that have detachable caps. Designed to discourage the sale of cans that used detachable pulltabs, the law also technically prohibited the sale of aluminum bottles with crown caps or screw caps.

Industry Celebrates 125 Years of Commercial Aluminum Production

A man, a mission, a metal……and the rest is history

ARLINGTON, Va., One hundred and twenty-five years ago this month, Charles Martin Hall discovered a method by which to produce aluminum commercially—transforming it from a precious metal to an everyday material. It was a development that would change the course of human history.

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.

Would You Drink Wine from an Aluminum Can?

Heidi on Fox

Aluminum Association President & CEO Heidi Brock was recently on FoxNews.com Live to talk about a new trend of packaging wine in aluminum. Heidi was joined by Dave Bon, President of FLASQ Wines, one of the first U.S. vineyards to discover the benefits of aluminum bottles. Bon sites better flavor protection and portability as two key reasons why using aluminum makes sense. 

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.

AP: How Craft Brewers Are Kicking Bottles in the Can

beer in cans

The Aluminum Association worked with the Associated Press on a story about the latest trend in the craft brewing market—brewers replacing glass bottles with aluminum cans. The article, which was picked up by several hundred online outlets, explores the trend from a variety of angles—cost, taste, sustainability and technical innovation. As the piece notes, in 2002, only one craft brewer in the United States was using cans.

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