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Steel for Packaging Update
Issue #26, June 2021

Dear Readers,

It’s another record year for European steel recycling!

Thanks to the continuous efforts of consumers – who are both choosing a fully recyclable packaging material and disposing of it correctly.

It’s great news all round. For the steel producers, who welcome more steel scrap for more recycling into new steel products. And for the environment too, because recycling reduces the need for raw materials.

Stay safe and in touch through LinkedIn and Twitter.

Patricia Mobbs,


Inside Brussels – Alexis Van Maercke on steel for packaging in EU policy discussions

It might be another record year for steel recycling but it’s not the case for all packaging materials, and EU commitment to a more circular economy is stepping up with the 2022 review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD).

Latest news


Raising the bar - 84% of steel packaging recycled in 2019

Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of APEAL, said: “Once again, this strong recycling performance highlights steel as one of the most sustainable packaging solutions available.

The APEAL team comment:

Click on the videos below to see what they have to say:


APEAL welcomes new member

APEAL is delighted to welcome its sixth member, Genoa-based Acciaierie d’Italia.


Decarbonising steel – doing more with less

The European steel industry recognises the need to decarbonise, and is meeting the challenge head on.

read more +

To be eco-friendly, does packaging need to be renewable?

ACTUALLY… a more resource-efficient society will be achieved by using materials that are circular and do not become waste.

read more +

Why Steel?

Sustainability remains a pressing concern for the packaging industry. Our new brochure demonstrates why brands, retailers and consumers should choose steel. 

read or download here +

From Twitter

Metal Packaging Europe @metal_packaging - Apr 28
#FoodCans preserve food quality, vitamins and nutrients and guard against spoilage for up to 5 years. Simply by increasing the share of #CannedFood in your diet by a third, you could reduce your #FoodWaste by almost 30%! #StopFoodWasteDay

Steel's recycling superpowers?
1. It's magnetic and easy to separate from waste
2. It can be melted down to produce new steel endlessly without any loss of quality
#recycling #steel #packaging


When @Design_Bridge and @Fortnums combined in creating iconic packaging for its county biscuits, using steel was never in doubt! They created a tin charming enough that people would want to keep and reuse it, forever! #steelforpackaging #brand #design


The Metal Packager @MetalPackager - Jun 4
Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has hit a new all-time high of 84%, according to figures issued by @APEAL_EU, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging. #steel #packaging #metalpackaging

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