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Domestic U.S. consumer scrap recycling rate of aluminum cans 2011-2018

In 2014, 56.1 percent of the volume of U.S. aluminum cans shipped within the country was domestically recycled by consumers. Since then, this figure has decreased to approximately 49.8 percent in 2018. This consumer rate excludes imported can scrap and accounts for movement of unfilled cans into and out of the United States.

Consumer recycling rate of domestic aluminum can scrap in the United States from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the consumer recycling rate is defined as the amount of domestic aluminum can scrap recycled as a percentage of cans available for recycling in the United States during a one-year time period, and it is calculated as the relation of the pounds of cans recycled by U.S. consumers and the pounds of cans shipped to the country.

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