The Aluminum Association, a Virginia-based company that promotes aluminum as a highly sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material, has urged residents of Concord, Massachusetts to use aluminum bottles or cans, following the ban of plastic water bottles by the city.

On 1 January 2013, Concord reportedly became the first city in the country to ban the sale of single-service plastic water bottles from stores, restaurants and vending machines.

According to Aluminum Association, aluminum is one among the most recycled product with a recycling rate of 68%, compared to plastic recycling rate of only 23% and glass bottles that are not recycled but crushed and packed in landfills, making aluminum an ideal product to be used in beverage container manufacturing.

Moreover, the aluminum containers are light in weight, chill quickly, have high protective properties, can be stacked easily and can be shipped conveniently.

Another important aspect of aluminum is that it can be recycled infinite number of times.

The Aluminum Association president Heidi Brock said aluminum is by far the best green choice for beverage consumption.

"Whether in single-service cans, or increasingly popular reusable bottles, the infinite recyclability of aluminum makes it extremely attractive to environmentally-conscious consumers," he added.

"Sustainability is a top priority for the aluminum industry and we’re proud of our track record providing the greenest option in beverage packaging."