The latest Environment Agency data has revealed significant increase in recycling rates of aluminium packaging in the UK amid Covid-19 lockdown.

Data released on 10 June showed that 17,066t of aluminium packaging were collected for recycling in May.

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The recycling rate increased by 48% compared to the same period last year.

Aupro executive director Rick Hindley said: “The UK’s PRN data for May shows a dramatic increase, both month-on-month and year-on-year, in aluminium packaging recycling rates.

“Alongside greater public awareness about the benefits of recycling and an increase in the number of companies – including incinerator bottom ash processors – accredited for reprocessing, impressive rates can be attributed to the Covid-19 lockdown and resulting increase in household recycling volumes.

During the UK lockdown, the number of PRNs raised significantly increased with the rise in the aluminium packaging volume collected through kerbside systems.

Furthermore, 38,014t of aluminium packaging were collected for recycling over the past three months. About 25,986t of packaging were collected in the same period last year.

Rick added: “With PRNs already raised for more than 57,000t of aluminium packaging in 2020, the future looks hugely optimistic. If recycling rates continue to remain high and local authority collections continue to operate as normal, I am confident that we will once again surpass annual targets.”