Aluminium and the Environment - the facts

environmental policyAluminium is completely recyclable and unlike many other recycled materials, recycled aluminium retains all the properties of the original metal. To recycle scrap aluminium takes only 5% of the energy that was required to produce the original metal. This adds to the scrap value and thus makes it more beneficial to recover scrap.

• 95% of aluminium used in transport applications is recycled

• In the construction sector over 85% of aluminium is recovered – (95% of the aluminium in the old Wembley Stadium has been recycled)

• In the production, manufacturing and processing of aluminium, all production scrap can be recovered and recycled without degradation

• In primary aluminium production, 60% of the energy used is generated from renewable sources – hydro and thermal energy schemes

• Over all applications and uses, 73% of “old” aluminium is recycled

• Aluminium is the most common metal and the 3rd most common element, comprising 8% of the earth’s crust

• The aluminium industry worldwide has encouraged land restoration schemes to minimise the environmental impact of bauxite extraction

With its low-cost recyclability, high rate of scrap recovery and the relative abundance of its ore, aluminium is a highly economically and environmentally sustainable material.

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