Ardagh Metal Packaging and Crown fund two grants for can capture equipment at recycling sites in California, Indiana, totaling US$325,000; grant to capture more than 20 million additional aluminum cans annually, fund purchase of collector, robotic sorter

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SAN JOSE, California & ELKHART, Indiana , November 2, 2023 (press release) –

The Grants in Collaboration with The Recycling Partnership to Recycling Facilities in California and Indiana will Fund Equipment that will Annually Capture More than 20 million Aluminum Beverage Cans

Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) and Crown Holdings (Crown) are funding two new grants for can capture equipment at material recovery facilities (MRF), which sort single-stream recycling into materials for sale, that will annually capture more than 20 million aluminum beverage cans. These additional cans captured each year are worth around $325,000 and when recycled will result in energy savings equivalent to powering more than 900 U.S. homes for an entire year.

These two grants are in addition to the four that AMP and Crown have previously funded as part of a program in collaboration with The Recycling Partnership. Collectively, the six can capture equipment grants that Ardagh and Crown have funded have catalyzed the installation of equipment that will capture more than 115.5 million aluminum beverage cans each year they are operating. The aggregate cans captured with these six grants are worth more than $1.8 million and when recycled will result in energy savings equivalent to powering more than 5,000 U.S. homes for an entire year.

“Ardagh Metal Packaging is proud to jointly fund with Crown these grants that continue to demonstrate there is a significant opportunity for MRFs to capture millions of aluminum beverage cans each year,” said Jens Irion, CEO, AMP-North America. “That is why capturing missorted cans at MRFs is one of the pillars of action to make progress toward the ambitious U.S. aluminum beverage can recycling rate targets that AMP, Crown, and all CMI beverage can manufacturer and can sheet producer members have committed to achieve.”

Here’s more about the two MRFs receiving grants:

  • GreenWaste in San Jose, CA, which serves 300,000 households throughout the San Jose area, will use the grant toward a second eddy current separator that will capture undersized aluminum and previously lost items from the MRF’s screening process. It expects to capture each year with this equipment 260 new tons of aluminum (17.6 million aluminum beverage cans).
  • RecyclingWorks in Elkhart, IN, which reaches more than 200,000 households, will use the grant toward a robotic sorter that can be installed in a small area on the residue conveyor. It will reduce by 45 tons (3 million aluminum beverage cans) the amount of aluminum going to landfill.

This grant program with The Recycling Partnership is part of a comprehensive effort with the metal can trade association Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) to spur the installation of equipment in MRFs to capture missorted aluminum beverage cans. Based on research from 2020, CMI found up to one in four aluminum beverage cans are missorted at a typical MRF and that without the revenue from UBCs, most MRFs wouldn’t be able to operate without a change in their business model. Along with the research and grants, CMI conducted testing in 2022 at several MRFs proving the number of cans being missorted and the return on investment (ROI) to capture them, followed by a free ROI calculator for MRFs to use. Most recently, CMI announced in September 2023 that it had fully financed a two-year lease of a robot from EverestLabs with funding from AMP and Crown at a California MRF that will capture more than one million aluminum beverage cans per year.

“A consumer putting an aluminum beverage can in the recycling bin, getting hauled to a MRF, and then being missorted and not recycled is unacceptable,” said John Rost, vice president of global sustainability and regulatory affairs at Crown. “We need more of our aluminum back to provide a consistent, domestic supply of material that people in good manufacturing jobs at our facilities ultimately turn into new aluminum beverage cans. We already recycle aluminum beverage cans at scale today with 90,000 of them recycled every minute in the United States, and 93 percent of those cans recycled into new cans; programs like this grant program help more cans go through the existing domestic circular economy to become new cans.”

The Recycling Partnership also announced that additional can capture grants had been awarded. “These improvements to our recycling systems will provide meaningful gains in aluminum circularity,” said Adam Gendell, director of materials advancement, The Recycling Partnership. “We see tremendous opportunities to continue upgrading our recycling infrastructure and we’re grateful to partner with the Can Manufacturers Institute to pursue our shared mission of reducing waste and increasing circularity.” CMI expects to soon announce additional can capture grants and leases to recycling facilities that are funded by AMP and Crown.


About Can Manufacturers Institute

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 130.7 billion food, beverage and general line cans; employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $15.7 billion in direct economic activity. CMI members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers in the most sustainable packaging.

About The Recycling Partnership

At The Recycling Partnership, we are solving for circularity. As a mission-driven NGO, we are committed to advancing a circular economy by building a better recycling system. We mobilize people, data, and solutions across the value chain to reduce waste and our impact on the environment while also unlocking economic benefits. We work on the ground with thousands of communities to transform underperforming recycling programs; we partner with companies to achieve packaging circularity, increase access to recycled materials, and meet sustainability commitments; and we work with government to develop policy solutions to address the systemic needs of our residential recycling system and advance a circular economy. We foster public-private partnerships and drive positive change at every step of the recycling and circularity process. Since 2014, we have diverted 770 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, avoided more than 670,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates. Learn more at

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