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April 2007

Novelis sets can recycling record

Novelis Inc. recycled a record 38 billion used beverage cans in 2006, equal to more than 500,000 tons of aluminum.

Aluminum produced from recycled metal uses only about five percent of the energy that is needed to produce primary aluminum, and avoids up to 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary production.

Novelis operates five can recycling facilities — three in the United States, and one each in South America and Europe.

Cans recycled by Novelis are manufactured back into new can sheet in a “closed-loop” process that can be repeated infinitely. This not only saves energy but avoids greenhouse gas emissions each time.

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