JULY 2009

Novelis hits record aluminum can recycling

Aluminum company Novelis Inc. announced that it recycled an estimated 39 billion aluminum beverage cans in the past year, a new company record. Novelis is the world’s largest producer of flat-rolled aluminum and the world’s leading recycler of used beverage cans.

By recycling the used containers back into aluminum sheet for new cans, the company estimates it reduced its need for primary aluminum by more than 530,000 metric tons, saving approximately 73 million MBTUs of energy and avoiding the production of nearly 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

“The environmental benefit of aluminum recycling is enormous,” said Nick Madden, vice president of global procurement and metal management for Novelis. “Not only does it reduce the need for the mining of natural resources, but it eliminates large amounts of emissions generated through primary production. The GHGs avoided through our can recycling program over the past year is the equivalent of taking more than 900,000 gasoline-powered automobiles off the road for 12 months.”

Used beverage cans account for approximately half of all aluminum scrap processed by Novelis each year. Aluminum products from automobile parts to building materials can be recycled using just five percent of the energy required to produce the same amount of new aluminum from raw materials. Aluminum is one of the most recycled products on the planet.