Cans are environmentally friendly and sustainable, making them a great choice for the consumer and the environment at large.


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The beverage can is the most recycled beverage packaging in the world. Every single one can be recycled; in some regions recycling takes just 60 days and results in no loss of quality. In other words, the metal used to create cans is a permanently available material; with every new cycle a new product application can be formed and this cycle can occur an infinite number of times.

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Cans are lightweight, chill quickly, and are easy to carry. They are also simple to distribute; they are space-efficient meaning more can be shipped during any one journey. The vehicles transporting them also require less fuel as they are lighter.

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When a drink is exposed to air and light, chemical reactions take place that make the taste change rapidly. Cans are air-tight; seamed ends mean there is no way that air is going to get in until someone pops the ring-pull. It is also brilliant that cans are not transparent; as they do not allow light to affect the product.

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Choice matters. The industry has a wide range of can sizes to choose from. These range from 200ml for a quick burst of refreshment up to 500ml which commonly used for beers and ciders. From beer cans to low calorie drinks in slimmer cans, a steady stream of innovation results in the potential to suit every product.

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Cans help brands stand out – the 360 degree printable surface offers great brand exposure with fuss-free, label-free packaging that’s quick to produce and easily tailored to each brand’s requirements. Newer design techniques are pushing creative boundaries even further, offering an instant point of differentiation in a busy marketplace.


Cans are 100% endlessly recyclable. They can be recycled again and again without loss of strength or quality.
Over 80% of used beverage cans are recovered for recycling in South Africa.
The success of recycled metal cans assist municipalities, who are feeling the effect of financial and space pressures, to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill sites.
Litter is substantially reduced because used metal cans are recovered from commercial, residential and public spaces. Can's share of total litter has declined from 8% to less than 1%.
Each can recycled substantially reduces the environmental footprint of the next can.
Using recycled material in new aluminium beverage cans uses up to 95% less energy and emits 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing cans from virgin materials.
Cans help subsidise municipal recycling because the per rand scrap value for aluminium is significantly higher than any other substrate in a recycling bin.
Recycling cans is a simple way to reduce one’s carbon footprint and become an environmental role model.
Cans provide a source of income for informal collectors, thereby contributing to reducing unemployment and poverty.
The carbon footprint for aluminium cans has been reduced by 44% over a 17 year period.
Energy used to make aluminium cans has been reduced by 30% over a 17 year period.
Aluminium cans are lightweight and easily stacked. This provides storage and shipping efficiencies and limits overall transportation carbon emissions through logistics and supply chains.
The aluminium can has an estimated 68% total recycled content, the highest of any beverage package material.