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Global recycling rate of permanent materials by region 2015-2017

Some materials can be endlessly recycled without losing any of their quality; these materials are known as permanent materials. Though aluminum is a permanent material, only 55 percent of aluminum that enters the waste stream in North America was recycled. In Brazil, however, 98 percent of aluminum is recycled.

Recycling rate of metals and glass worldwide between 2015 and 2017, by region*

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Release date

February 2020


North America, Brazil, Europe

Survey time period

2015 to 2017

Supplementary notes

*Metals and glass can be considered permanent materials because they can be endlessly recycled. Based on latest available data between 2015 and 2017.
Only the aluminum recycling rate was available for Brazil.

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