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Flexible Aluminum-Containing Laminate Collection Trial


Lifecycle Focus

Collection, Sortation, Processing, End Markets.


Description

Three different communities, each with slightly different curbside collection programs, were provided with colored bags in which to collect a variety of aluminum-based multi-material packaging (including food & pet-food pouches and toothpaste tubes). Residents were instructed to fill the bag with defined packaging and set alongside with existing curbside recyclables. Bags were then sorted at a municipal facility and sent to pyrolysis for conversion into synthetic oil and recycled aluminum.

Data will be shared and built upon within the forthcoming CEFLEX project.


Lesson Learned

  • Participation in the program waned the longer it was established. This follows the trend for introducing new materials for curbside collection.
  • Odor issues from food based packaging (pet and human) was an issue across all phases of the program.
  • The quality of the recycled aluminum produced was similar to that of pre-consumer material suggesting that this processing method is suitable for both post-consumer and pre-consumer scrap.
  • Packaging volumes varied considerably between households. In many cases consumers felt volumes were too small or too infrequent to warrant consistent collection. 

Funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Action Based Research Program and managed by Anthesis UK.

Additional partners include:

  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Enval
  • Nestle UK
  • Tesco
  • Suez UK

Website: Final Report

Additional Information