Rexam Recognizes World Environment Day with Sustainability Focus
CHICAGO, June 5, 2013
CHICAGO, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As one of the leading global beverage
can makers, Rexam recognizes World Environment Day through its commitment to
sustainability and providing its customers with the most
environmentally-friendly beverage package: aluminum cans.
Raising awareness and involvement in aluminum can recycling is a big part of
these efforts. Each year, the company participates in many local and national
activities to promote recycling and raise money for local charities. This
includes the Great American Can Roundup Industry Challenge, sponsored by the
Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI). In this annual industry-wide competition,
companies compete to recycle the most aluminum cans and donate the proceeds to
Continuing its industry-wide support, Rexam's Chicago office at 8770 W. Bryn
Mawr, Chicago, Ill., will host a "Cans for Cash" recycling event on Saturday,
September 7, 2013. The company will partner with United Scrap Metal to involve
the local community, collect as many cans as possible and then donate the
proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest
Cans are the most valuable package to recycle, as American consumers earn more
than $1 billion annually in recycling proceeds. And they are infinitely
recyclable because aluminum is a permanent resource, with cans able to be
recycled, smelted to can sheet, converted to cans again and back on retail
shelves within 60 days. Also, a recycled can requires 95 percent less energy
to produce and therefore has a 95 percent lower carbon footprint than one
produced from raw material. These facts combine to make cans the most recycled
beverage container in the world with a U.S. recycling rate of 65.1 percent,
more than double the rate of other beverage packages.
In addition to its extensive recycling efforts, last year Rexam launched a
Sustainability Report – available at www.rexam.com – highlighting its
extensive sustainability milestones. The report was awarded a grade A
application level from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most
comprehensive sustainability reporting guidelines currently available.
"World Environment Day is a great opportunity for us to recognize how
important a role environmentally-friendly packaging plays in our efforts to
improve the environment," said Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam Beverage
Can North America. "We remain committed to demonstrating that the beverage can
is the most environmentally-friendly beverage package in the world, while
supporting our customers in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint
throughout the supply chain."
World Environment Day is an annual event thattakes place every year on June
5^th and is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day
for positive environmental action. The celebration began in 1972, and has
grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations
stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages positive
Rexam is a global consumer packaging company. We are one of the leading global
beverage can makers and a major global player in rigid plastic packaging for
healthcare applications. We are business partners to some of the world's most
famous and successful consumer brands. Our vision is to be the best global
consumer packaging company.
We have 67 plants in 24 countries and employ 11,100 people. Our sales from
ongoing operations in 2012 were in the region of $6 billion. Rexam is a member
of the FTSE 100 and its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing
Authority and trade on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol REX.
For further information, visit www.rexam.com.
SOURCE Rexam Beverage Can Americas Inc.
Contact: Greg Brooke, Rexam, 773-399-3362
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