Aluminium recycling: truths and false myths

What a great confusion about the correct recycling of aluminium! On our Facebook fanpage, comments follow one after the other, raising doubts that it is now the time to clarify once and for all. To make things clear, we asked for the help of CiAL, the National Aluminium Packaging Consortium, of which Favia has been part for many years now.

In addition to dealing with the collection and recovery of aluminium, CiAL actively carries out dissemination work to spread the culture of recycling. A commitment that we are very happy to share, in particular for the recent #nonsololattine campaign, to make users aware of the importance of recycling all types of aluminium packaging, not just the “classic” cans used for soft drinks and beer.

So here is the debunking on the correct recycling of aluminum packaging!

Do aluminium tubes contain nickel?

False: the aluminium used for packaging is 99.7% pure and the residual impurities are regulated by precise industry standards. Before use, the analyzes of each batch of aluminium are verified, performed by the raw material supplier. The purity of aluminium must meet the requirements of the regulations. The Favia aluminum tubes offer an effective light and air screen, protecting the integrity of the content. They are subjected to strict control tests that ensure total compliance with current regulations. Entirely made of aluminum, without any type of alloy, they must meet the purity requirements of the EN 573-3 standard, which regulates any impurities of other metals, such as Nickel.

Is the dirty aluminium of the cans or foil used to store food, recycled anyway?

True:  any packaging made of even dirty aluminium (preserves oil or other) is recovered because in one of the first recovery processes through thermal oxidation and drying procedures or after the melting phase any trace of organic matter is purified.

Is it true that aluminium can contaminate the contents of the tube?

False: the tube is internally protected by a thin protective film (coating), an inert resin that prevents direct contact between the product contained in the tube (creme, sauces, etc.) and aluminium. It is an absolutely safe material that protects creating an absolute barrier.

Does this internal coating create problems during recycling?

Absolutely not, because this resin is treated as a residue of organic material and is purified through one of the treatments with no need to use chemicals or solvents.

Can we also recycle “mixed” packaging made of aluminium together with other materials?

So true, even the smallest objects. Once at the recycling plant, one of the first steps that aluminium scraps undergo is the one on the magnetic roller, which holds the metal parts separating them from any other material residues.

Even the smallest packaging can really be recycled, like chocolate wrapping?

Very true! Aluminium is a very precious material and its recycling is part of a virtuous context of circular economy. Even the smallest paper combined with all other scraps of aluminium, even from household waste, can make the difference. We also think about the protections of the yogurt jars (that we lick when opening!) Or the pureed fruit that children like so much. Small but super precious, that’s why absolutely recyclable!

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