The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) published a detailed aluminum beverage-can recycling roadmap that explains how ambitious recycling rate targets that CMI members announced in November 2021 will be achieved. 

Those targets are reaching a 70% recycling rate by 2030, 80% by 2040 and 90% by 2050. This new report provides more details on what the can industry is doing in the near-term within its four pillars of action to make progress toward the targets and the potential total used beverage cans (UBC) that could be recycled through certain pillars. CMI’s four pillars of action are:

  1. Catalyze the passage and implementation of well-designed deposit systems at the state and federal levels.
  2. Increase and improve household and away-from-home recycling.
  3. Ensure that more cans are properly sorted at recycling centers.
  4. Increase consumer understanding on the importance of aluminum can recycling and the ability to collect and sell used beverage cans for cash.