Amcor Capsules has announced that its tin capsules and sparkling foils now contain more than 90% recycled tin.

The company has established sourcing schemes that will enable it to use recycled tin from end-of-life products, such as car radiators and batteries, ship propellers and bronze scraps from ornaments or statues. After recycling, the tin material is adapted and re-used for capsules and capping purposes.

This strategic shift has been in effect since mid-April 2024, and Amcor reports that it does not affect the production process nor the lead time and quality of the final products.

The company says that the integration of recycled content into its tin capsules and sparkling foils enables it to reduce the carbon emissions of its product by up to 70% (cradle to gate), with a certified level of GHG emissions reduced to 1.6 tons of CO2e per ton of tin, in comparison with the global average at 6.6 tons2 of CO2e per ton of tin.

In addition, Amcor says that the tin products are recyclable, and has received a certificate from Institute Cyclos-HTP that confirms a recyclability of 99% for tin capsules in countries where the capsules can be recycled through both glass and metal recycling streams and 60% in countries where metal collection and sorting cannot be assumed as predominant.

“At Amcor Capsules, we’re proud of our continuous innovation,” says Bertrand Daru, Sustainability Director for Amcor Capsules. “This strategic shift means that our customers benefit from the same premium caps and sparkling foils, but with a more sustainable profile that supports their own environmental targets. After successfully integrating recycled content into our screw cap range, we are proud to extend this innovation to the tin segment of our portfolio”.

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