The figures for the separate collection, recovery and recycling of aluminium packaging in Italy were officially released today, at the annual general meeting of CIAL – Italian Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Aluminium Packaging member companies.

2014 was a positive year, maintaining the trend of recent years.

50,200 tonnes of aluminium packaging were recovered, which is the equivalent of 79.2% of the total quantity placed on the market (63,400 tonnes).

+ 6% compared to the previous year.

This result was achieved with the cooperation of consumers and through the agreements entered into between CIAL and local authorities.

There are at present 6,670 Italian Municipalities undertaking the separate collection of aluminium packaging (83% of the total number), with the involvement of some 52.5 million inhabitants (88% of the country’s population).

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2014 Facts & Figures for CiAL

  • 200 member companies
  • Quantity of aluminium packaging placed on the Italian market: 63,400 tonnes.
  • 6,670 Italian municipalities undertaking the recovery of aluminium packaging, with the involvement of over 52 million people.
  • 457 members, 218 platforms and 11 smelting works that guarantee the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of aluminium across the entire country.


2014 Results for CiAL

Total recovery of aluminium packaging in Italy (share of recycling + share of packaging sent for energy recovery): 50,200 tonnes, equal to 79.2% of the total quantity placed on the market.

  • Recycling: 47,100 tonnes of aluminium packaging, equal to 74.3% of the market.
  • Energy Recovery: 3,100 tonnes (share of thin packaging that goes to a waste-to-energy plant)

The recycling of 47,100 tonnes of aluminium packaging has resulted in:

  • the avoided production of greenhouse gases equal to 402,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • an energy saving equal to over 173,000 tonnes of petroleum.

The entire quantity of aluminium produced in Italy comes from recycling. 

Trends confirm that Italy leads the way in Europe, with over 909,000 tonnes of recycled scrap (taking into account not just packaging).

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