Benefits of recycling aluminium

Economic benefits:

  • Aluminium can be recycled over and over again without loss of properties.
  • Used aluminium maintains its high value.
  • Increased recycling, increases employment. Aluminium recycling creates jobs at collection centres, in transport and in the melting down of reclaimed aluminium.

Ecological benefits:

  • Aluminium recycling saves energy: re-melting used aluminium saves up to 95% of the energy needed to produce the primary product. In other words, the recycling process emits only 5% of the greenhouse gas emitted in primary aluminium production.
  • Recycling aluminium conserves the natural resources needed for the production of the primary product.
  • Reducing the need for virgin metals conserves soil integrity and wildlife habitats.
  • Recycling diverts the waste from landfill.
  • Recycling aluminium does not rely on the vast amount of water the production of the primary metal does.

Social benefits:

  • Aluminium makes a major and unique contribution to support product recycling in the future and benefits present and future society as a whole.
  • Another social benefit is water conservation. Refineries are located in areas where water is scarce. Recycling is a solution to conserve more fresh water for the people who need it.


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