Our approach to aluminium recycling
Using recycled aluminium reduces the need for primary aluminium and therefore reduces waste, avoids resource depletion and reduces greenhouse gases across an aluminium product’s life-cycle. In the aluminium industry there are two key sources of recycled material:
From an environmental point of view, only end-of-life scrap can be associated with a lower environmental footprint, because its impacts have already been taken into account during its initial life. Of course, process scrap is always recycled because we acknowledge our responsibility to retain it in the manufacturing loop.
The misleading concept of recycled content
Some players in the industry use ‘recycled content’ as a metric, which measures the amount of recycled aluminium in products as an indication of how environmentally friendly that product is. For us, this metric is misleading because:
Therefore, having products with higher than average amounts of ‘recycled content’ does not make any difference to the overall impact of the aluminium industry. We have continued to engage in industry initiatives to promote better handling of recycling and recycling metrics, notably in relation with Metal Packaging Europe and European Aluminium initiatives.