Novelis recycled more than 35 billion
aluminum beverage cans in 2005
Novelis Inc. recycled nearly one million metric
tons of aluminum scrap in 2005, including more than 35 billion used
“Recycled aluminum is an important source
of raw material,” said Martha Brooks, chief operating officer.
“Approximately 30 percent of our metal input comes from recycling.
It supports our in-house production, supplementing our purchases
of primary metal. The closed loop recycling of beverage cans, from
store shelf to consumer to store shelf, has been a tremendous success
for our industry.”
Novelis sources recycled metal from post-consumer
products, primarily beverage cans, as well as post-industrial scrap.
Scrap recovered within Novelis’ own operations is not included
in the company’s calculations of recycled metal.
In 2005, Novelis completed a $2.5 million investment
in its recycling facility in Warrington, UK, enabling a 25 percent
increase in the plant’s capacity to process used cans. The
investment reflects increased recycling rates in Europe and the
growing preference for aluminum over steel in the manufacture of