Results of Recycling

From greenhouse gas emissions to energy: some figures

With 51,400 tonnes of aluminium packaging recycled in 2019, representing 70% of the 73,400 tonnes sold on the market – plus 4,500 tonnes of thin packaging destined for waste-to-energy treatment – in 2019 Italy confirms its leading position in Europe in terms of production of recycled aluminium.

This result, of vital importance a country whose aluminium production is 100% based on recycling, saved the equivalent of 381 thousand tonnes of CO2 in greenhouse gas emissions while saving energy equivalent to more than 164 thousand tonnes of oil, all made possible by the combined efforts of institutions, companies, dealers, citizens and municipalities.

    Separate waste collection and the number of municipalities active in collection grow

    5,406 municipalities (+232 over 2018) and approximately 46 million citizens contribute to separate collection of aluminium wastes in collaboration with CIAL, under the Anci-Conai Framework Agreement, all over the country.

    These figures have permitted a 22.6% increase in separate collection managed by the Consortium in the past year. The figure is in line with the increases in the past few years (with 19% growth last year), demonstrating the increased efficiency of management services and selection and processing plants.

    * The types of aluminium packaging currently in use that can be infinitely recycled include: beverage cans, food tins and trays, thin aluminium foil, spray cans, tubes, caps and seals – all of these items are 100% infinitely recyclable, and find new life through recycling by becoming new aluminium with endless new uses.

    75% of all the aluminium ever produced in the world is still in use today!

    CIAL figures and results for 2019

    • 246 companies in the consortium
    • More than 421 affiliated entities, 221 platforms and 12 smelting centres throughout the country ensure the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of aluminium.
    • 5,406 municipalities (over 68% of all active Italian municipalities) collaborate with CIAL in the separation of aluminium packaging waste, with 45.5 million citizens involved (75% of the Italian populations served).
    • 22.6% increase in separate waste collection compared to the previous year.
    • Quantity of aluminium packaging entering the Italian market: 73,400 tonnes.
    • Total recovery of aluminium packaging in Italy (percentage recycled + percentage of packaging converted to energy in waste-to-energy plants): 55,900 tonnes.
    • Recycling: 51,400 tons of aluminium packaging, equivalent to 70% of market quantity
    • Energy recovery: 4,500 tons (share of thin packaging that goes to waste-to-energy plants)

    The recycling of 51,400 tonnes of aluminium packaging avoided greenhouse emissions totalling 381 thousand tonnes of CO2 while saving energy equivalent to 164 thousand tonnes of oil.

    Aluminium and the Circular Economy

    • Aluminium is infinitely recyclable.
    • Aluminium recycling guarantees energy savings of 95% compared to traditional production processes.
    • 75% of all the aluminium ever produced in the world is still in use today.
    • The highest amount of aluminium per capita in the world is recycled in Europe.
    • Italy’s aluminium production is now 100% based on recycling.
    • Italy ranks among the first in Europe in terms of the amount of recycled aluminium produced.