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Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) and Crown Holdings, along with the Washington-based Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), plan to fund the rental of can capture equipment for recycling facilities.

According to a press release from CMI, this new rental option allows material recovery facilities (MRFs) to receive the equipment at no cost and reimburse it with the extra cans captured with the equipment. CMI will also continue to offer aluminum can capture grants. Last year, AMP and Crown helped fund five grants through a program in partnership with The Recycling Partnership that was used to purchase capture equipment at MRFs.

To show the economic and environmental impact of the need for additional can catching equipment, AMP and the Crown have funded in-person tests at three MRFs that have shown what they call ‘significant opportunities’ for catching. badly sorted cans. CMI reports that testing focused on five spots in the three MRFs where cans tend to be missorted, and those five spots averaged between seven and 36 missorted UBCs every minute.

“CMI modeling reveals that if all of the more than 350 MRFs sorting residential recyclables across the United States had perfect used beverage can (UBC) sorting, 3.5 billion cans could potentially be captured,” says Jennifer Cumbee, Director of Sustainability at AMP. “We are committed to continuing to activate additional can capture equipment at MRFs as part of our industry’s efforts to leverage our industry-leading recycling and recycled content rates, further strengthening the beverage can as the ideal sustainability choice for our customers.”

In addition to the test program, CMI has also published two additional online resources for MRFs to determine the benefits of additional box capture equipment. One is an easy-to-use return on investment (ROI) calculator to determine the return on investment of installing additional can catching equipment. The other tool is a companion manual that explains how to test can missort levels and then feed the data into CMI’s ROI calculator.

“This initiative is designed to add data to the field, produce useful tools, and develop new MRF case studies using revenue from cans captured on the equipment to pay for its cost,” says John Rost, vice president of global sustainability and regulation. Crown affairs. “With these new proof points and tools, the goal is to inspire recycling facilities across the country to choose to invest their own capital in capturing more UBC, often the most valuable commodity passing through MRFs.”

Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), Ann Arbor, Michigan, conducted the tests on behalf of CMI in March and April at three MRFs of varying modernization levels and geographic locations. According to CMI, the test results indicate the ability of captured can revenue to pay for investments in can capture equipment.

While actual revenue generation may differ for MRFs based on regional factors, test results showed that the average annual beverage can revenue loss per loss was $71,940 using a five-year average of UBC scrap prices. CMI reports that at this level of revenue, it will only take an average of three years of accumulated revenue from cans captured at one of these loss points to match the cost of acquiring, installing and operating a extra point-of-loss equipment that ensures cans are captured.

“A lease where the captured material pays for the equipment is particularly suited to aluminum beverage cans, as UBCs are one of the most valuable products in the recycling system,” says Scott Breen, vice president of sustainability. at CMI. “The plan is to use the money repaid from the loans to finance equipment for other MRFs.”

Additionally, data from these three facilities shows that nearly 22 million additional CBUs could be captured each year in these three MRFs if they installed additional equipment to capture cans at the points tested.

CMI says MRF operators interested in testing at their facilities or seeking funding options from CMI should contact Breen at

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