Alupro launches roadmap to increase aerosol recycling

Written on: April 24, 2023 by SprayTM

At the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) Innovation Day 2023 event, Alupro officially launched its “Roadmap to increasing UK aerosol recycling” — a long-term strategic vision to drive a widespread uplift in national capture and recycling rates.

Developed on behalf of The UK Aerosol Recycling Initiative, a working group comprised of partners from across the value chain, the document outlines five key challenges preventing higher aerosol recycling rates and details a proposed solution to tackle each head-on.

These include improving data quality through vigorous sampling of materials at materials recovery facility (MRF), driving an uplift in curbside volumes by establishing collection consistency, investing in new pathways to treat non-empty containers, increasing consumer education through standardized labelling, and improving the overall design of aerosol containers to optimize the value in recycled materials.

In addition, the roadmap also presents the results of extensive consumer research, analysis from local authorities and in-depth interviews with key industry experts, with the aim of clarifying best practice to maximize capture rates in a post-EPR, post-DRS landscape. The report aims to inspire sustained collaboration between government and the wider supply chain.

Tom Giddings, Executive Director at Alupro, shared, “Our simple goal is to see aerosols become a central part of recycling behavior in the waste management landscape of tomorrow.”

Giddings added, “Alongside presenting first-to-market research, we’ve proposed a series of five major priorities that will prove pivotal to increasing aerosol recycling rates.”

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.