ALCAN: Recycling aluminium and conserving resources

 

Factfile:

Company name: ALCAN Aluminium Can Recycling

Location: Warrington, UK

Products: ALCAN Recycling make aluminium ingots for manufacturing beverage cans, produced by recycling used cans. The parent company, ALCAN, is involved with all stages of aluminium production, design and use.

Sustainable change: Discarded cans that would have gone to landfill are being used to remanufacture new cans. Huge amounts of electrical energy are used to produce "new" aluminium, but recycling uses only one tenth as much.

Effect: The amount of material going to landfill is being reduced. There is also a reduction in energy consumption and conservation of natural resources.

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image: ingot of aluminium


image: squashed cans