The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (Apeal) revealed the EU has met its recycling rate targets for 2025 for steel packaging.
New figures reveal 78.5% of steel packaging was recycled in 2021.
This exceeds the recycling rate target of 70% by 2025 and follows the introduction of a harmonised method for calculating packaging recycling rates across the EU.
Apeal secretary general Steve Claus said: “Steel’s magnetic properties make it easily recoverable from any waste stream, and its permanent quality ensures it can be recycled repeatedly without any loss in material quality.
“These attributes have allowed steel to remain the most widely recycled primary packaging material in Europe for another year running and demonstrate why steel is so well aligned with the EU’s vision for a circular economy.”