Sources of Scrap
"New" scrap is obtained as off-cuts
from the manufacture of aluminium ingots and products. This is
100% recycled. Old scrap is recovered from consumer products,
and currently 63% of this is recycled.
One of the major aluminium producers, ALCAN, has invested heavily
in developing recycling plants specifically to deal with aluminium
cans used for drinks. This is significant because in the UK alone,
over five billion cans are consumed each year. The proportion
recycled is just over 40%, but is increasing as more collection
schemes are introduced.
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