Japanese Aluminium Can Recycling Rate Keeps Above 90% in F2010

Japanese beverage aluminium can recycling rate was 92.6% in fiscal 2010 ended in March 2011, announced Japan Aluminum Can Recycling Association on Thursday. The recycling rate downed by 0.8 points from record 93.4% in fiscal 2009 while maintained above 90%. The closed recycling rate, called “can-to-can recycling rate,” was 68.3%.

The recycling rate kept above 90% since fiscal 2005 except for fiscal 2008 when global financial crisis occurred. In fiscal 2010, Japanese aluminium can consumption totaled 296,058 tonnes (18.56 billion cans), increasing by 1% from fiscal 2009, while the recycled can volume totaled 274,242 tonnes (17.13 billion cans), increasing by 0.2% year-on-year.

Can-to-can recycling rate upped by 5.8 points from the previous fiscal year. The main factor was that UBC (used aluminium beverage can scrap) recycle for cans increased by 9.6% to 187,415 tonnes.