NEW YORK The U.S.
recycling rate for aluminum used beverage containers (UBCs)
increased to 65.1 percent in 2011, a 12-percent improvement
from a 58.1-percent rate the previous year, even though
manufactured can shipments were down 2.8 percent.
Some 60.9 billion UBCs were
collected by the U.S. can industry for recycling last year, up
from 55.9 billion in 2010, according to a joint report by the
Aluminum Association, the Can Manufacturers Institute and the
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. The figure was boosted
by a 25.5-percent increase in UBC imports, with 329.7 million
cans arriving from overseas in 2011 vs. 262.8 million cans in
Overall, 1.76 billion pounds of
UBCs were reclaimed and melted in the United States last year,
up 8 percent from 1.63 billion pounds in 2010. However, cans
produced and shipped by U.S. manufacturers fell 2.8 percent to
93.6 billion from 96.3 billion.
"We are excited to have made
strong progress toward our goal to increase the aluminum can
recycling rate to 75 percent, but we need the help of every
American to continue to raise the rate," Aluminum Association
president Heidi Brock said in a statement Tuesday.