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References and further reading

(1) Defining a Closed-Loop U.S. Aluminum Can Supply Chain Through Technical Design and Supply Chain Innovation (2013). (Link)

(2) Aluminium Leader. Aluminium Packaging. (Link)

(3) Metabolic (2020). RECYCLING UNPACKED. Assessing the Circular Potential of Beverage Containers in the United States. (Link)

(4) Container Recycling Institute (2002). Trashed Cans Report. (Link)

(5) Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Standards. (Link)

(6) GreenBiz (2019). The aluminum can: America’s most successful recycling story that you’ve never heard. (Link)

(7) Recycling Magazine (2016). New sorting system for separating aluminium alloys. (Link)

(8) Can Manufacturers Institute. Innovation in Food Cans. (Link)

(9) ILSI Europe (2007). 7. Metal Packaging for Foodstuffs (Link)

(10) Eva Pongrácz (2007). The Environmental Impacts of Packaging. (Link)

(11) Can Manufacturers Institute. Sustainability Advantages of Cans. (Link)

(12) Citi GPS (2018). “Rethinking single-use plastics”. (Link)

(13) EPA (2018). Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Report (Link)

(14) The Aluminium Association (2019). The Aluminum Can Advantage Key Sustainability Performance Indicators (Link)

(16) Responsible Steel (Link)

(17) ASTRX (2019). ASTRX Review of Material Flow at MRFs and Reprocessors (Link)

(18) An analysis by The Recycling Partnership shows that residential steel can recycling rates can be a low as 25%

(19) Aluminum Association (Link)

(20) Aluminum Association (2016). Analysis of the Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Implications of Distributing and Refrigerating Beverages (Link)

(21) PE Americas (for the Aluminum Association) – Life Cycle Impacts of Aluminum Beverage Cans May 2010 and 2014 Update. (Link)

(22) FAL (2011), “Cradle-to-Gate Life Cycle Inventory of Nine Plastic Resins and Two Polyurethane Precursors. Revised Final Report.” Prepared for the Plastics Division of The American Chemistry Council Prairie Village, KS: Franklin Associates, Ltd. (Link)

(23) Ball Corporation and Eunomia Real Circularity: The First State-b-State Assessment of Recycling Rates. (Link)