Steel is a raw material that can be recycled endlessly, with no loss of quality. Recycling saves an enormous amount of energy: recycling steel requires up to 85% less energy than producing it. For recycled aluminum, this number is as high as 95%. Recycling metal packaging therefore yields a significant energy gain.
Less energy consumption means lower CO2 emissions, and that is a good thing for slowing climate change. Recycling metal is obviously of great importance to the environment. But for a recycling process to bring optimal results, it is important that metal packaging is sorted correctly. And that is why we are also counting on you.
The metal packaging recycling process
- Steel is sorted using magnets, while eddy current separators are used to separate aluminum from waste;
- Steel and aluminum are ground and cleaned to make scrap metal ready for the melting furnace. Steel is processed in steel mills while aluminum goes to specialized forges;
- The metal is processed further into semi-finished products for use in a very wide range of applications in the transport, building and packaging industries.
Applications for recycled metal
Metal packaging in the PMD bag consists mainly of steel or aluminum. Recycled steel can be found everywhere, from razor blades and steel beams for high-rise buildings to coffee machines and tin cans.
Recycled aluminum is commonly used in the food industry, such as beverage cans, trays for prepared meals, and in spray cans. Aluminum is also used in window profiles, vehicle components and domestic electrical appliances.