Green benefits of pack recycling vaunted

Annual German CO2 savings from recycling of lightweight packaging put at 400,000 tonnes

Germany's monopoly packaging recycling firm Dual System (DSD) has stressed the broader environmental benefits of its activities in its annual report for 2001. By recycling 2.3m tonnes of lightweight packaging (aluminium, tinplate, plastics and composites), at least 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were saved, it estimates.

This is DSD's second environmental assessment, building on one last year that looked only at the energy implications of recycling plastics packaging. The exercise is to be extended further to include all types of packaging and other environmental impacts of recycling, such as on water quality and soil acidification.

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