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    Recycling rates of steel have improved in recent years in our home markets as well as on European level.

    In the Netherlands, used steel packaging from households is collected along with other household waste. Next, most of the steel packaging is reclaimed by magnetic separation, usually after incineration. This system has resulted in a recycling rate of 95.2% in 2016, placing the Netherlands among the top recyclers of metal packaging in Europe.

    At our UK centre of expertise on steel recycling located at Tata Steel's Trostre site in Llanelli, we have been at the forefront of the recycling drive, actively contributing to government-supported recycling programmes.

    Tata Steel is the largest steel reprocessor in the UK. Our focus remains on the domestic waste stream, and on recycling more of the 500 million cans (400,000 tonnes of steel) that result from it, via our recycling centres. Our objective is to ensure that our customers get the best possible steel recycling deals, with high recycling levels and low recycling costs. This led to the achievement of a recycling rate in 2016 of 74.6% for packaging steel in the UK (source: APEAL).

    Tata Steel is an active member of APEAL (the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging). Since 2002, steel has become the most recycled packaging material in Europe, with a recycling rate of 79.5% in 2016.

    We work constantly to improve our production efficiency and safety performance. We collaborate with the steel supply chain to optimise our contribution to sustainability. Recently we have been focusing on further improving health and safety and sustainability performance both in our operations and in our supply chain through cooperation with other parts of the Tata Steel organisation.

    More about steel and the circular economy here.

    Our Packaging Recycling team work with local authorities and waste management bodies throughout the UK to ensure high recycling rates for steel packaging.

    Packaging recycling team

    Our Packaging Recycling team work with local authorities and waste management bodies throughout the UK to ensure high recycling rates for steel packaging.

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    Packaging steel products

    Find out more about our range of steel products for packaging, including Protact® laminated steel.

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    Contact us

    Interested in talking to us about your packaging steel needs? Contact our team at:

    infopackaging@tatasteeleurope.com