Aluminium screw caps for sustainable oenology

Aluminum of wine caps can be recycled indefinitely without affecting its quality. This is claimed by EAFA, European Association that includes producers of aluminium closures. “Aluminium – says Stefan Glimm, Executive Director at EAFA – can be recycled indefinitely and its reuse can save up to 95% energy compared to that used for its primary production, with the corresponding reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases”. Recycling rates for aluminium screw caps differ according to the infrastructure available for sorting waste collection in different countries, ranging from over 80% in Germany up to 40-50% in countries such as Great Britain and Italy. The European information campaign Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° started in late 2012: an all-round tour promoted by EAFA aimed at providing detailed information about the many advantages of aluminum closures. The campaign is directed in particular to wine producers, providing food for thought about sustainability and recyclability of aluminium screw caps, with an efficient use of resources.

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