Aluminium
Recycling

Aluminium is valuable at every stage of its life cycle, from production through to end of use. It can be endlessly recycled while keeping material properties. Recycling aluminium requires about 5% of the energy needed to produce it from virgin materials, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 95%.

Using recycled aluminium reduces the need for primary aluminium and therefore minimizes waste, avoids resource depletion, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions across a product’s life cycle.  Constellium is an industry leader in the sustainable production and recycling of aluminium products. We produce aluminium out of recycled metal and we purchase primary metal to transform into semi-finished products. These are converted into finished products that can be recycled at the end of their useful life.


End-of-Life Recycling

Constellium integrates a significant share of recycled aluminium into our products. On average, recycled aluminium, calculated by following GRI 301-2 guidance, accounted for over 40% of our metal input in 2020.

Of this, 18% was post-consumer scrap (generated at the end-of-life phase of finished goods), and the rest was pre-consumer production scrap (generated downstream from Constellium’s operations). This recycled material input does not account for internally generated scrap, in line with the ISO 14021 standard.

That said, Constellium does not consider that recycled content should be singled out as the only relevant indicator for the environmental performance of aluminium products. We also focus on a product’s end-of-life recycling, to ensure that valuable resources are reliably and efficiently collected and recycled.

Our Recycling Targets & Priorities

    Our recycling Capacity

    Sites

    Our recycling capacity (metric tons per year)

    Muscle Shoals, USA

    340,000 tons of post and pre-consumer scrap

    Neuf-Brisach, France 

    150,000 tons of post and pre-consumer scrap

    Issoire, France

    20,000 tons of pre-consumer scrap

    Děčín, Czech Republic

    20,000 tons of post and pre-consumer scrap

    Valais, Switzerland

    30,000 tons of pre-consumer scrap

    Joint Recycling Programs

    We believe we can further improve recycling through partnerships with relevant stakeholders including customers, associations, and research centers. By collaborating to improve scrap collection and sorting, players from across the industry can foster best practices for maximum results.

    Constellium works with the European Aluminium Association and the US Aluminium Association to increase beverage can recycling.

    We are a founding member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) that works to establish and promote an industry standard for the responsible production and use of aluminium across the value chain. In particular, in the Material Stewardship Principle, it focuses on the collection and recycling at the end of their life cycle.

    We actively support Every Can Counts®, an industry initiativeto boost beverage can recycling rates in Europe. Every Can Counts is an European-wide  communication and collection program, encouraging people to recycle cans they use outside the home.

    In partnership with Metal Packaging Europe, we advocate for metals to be classified as permanent materials, and for the use of relevant recycling metrics.

    We work with local organizations such as France Aluminium Recyclage, the UK-based Alupro, and Arpal in Spain to develop and stimulate collection infrastructure in each market.