More than 50 per cent of alufoil trays and semi-rigid containers were recycled across Europe in 2010, according to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
This compares to 45 per cent in 2008.
EAFA container group chairman Khosrow Tahmasebi said: “The alufoil industry actively promotes and shares best practice to support its customers to reduce the environmental footprint of its products. Our primary objective continues to be to increase recycling rates further and in so doing making Europe a more sustainable community.
“In parallel with this latest increase in the average percentage of alufoil containers being recycled in Europe, the aluminium and semi-rigid container industry continues to invest in new technologies to further lightweight these containers thereby making them even more resource efficient.”