Metal paint cans receive new recycling label

17th May 2013 - Fine Cut

Metal paint cans have been awarded a new label which shows they are recyclable. 

The UK's On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) published new guidelines which now include the cans in products which carry a 'widely recycled' label. The new tag comes after research found that the cans are accepted for recycling by three quarters of local authorities. 

The study was carried out by the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA) along with leading manufacturer and MPMA member, Ardagh Group. Data was also authenticated by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), according to

Talking about the new label, Nick Mullen, director and chief executive of the MPMA, told The 'Widely Recycled at Local Council Recycling Centres' label sends a clear message to paint retailers and manufacturers that metal paint cans are a front runner when considering sustainable packaging for paint."

He added: "A permanently available resource, metal can be recycled indefinitely with no loss of quality and through this research and subsequent award, retailers and paint manufacturers can be confident that metal paint packaging is well and truly embedded in the recycling loop."

Marcel Arsand, project manager at Wrap, who oversaw the development of the new OPRL guidelines added that many household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) now accept empty metal paint containers to use as scrap metal.

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