Environmental Protection & Preservation
Novelis Recycles 45 Percent of all Aluminum Cans Collected in North America
Novelis Inc has once
again demonstrated its recycling leadership in North America by recycling
24 billion used beverage cans (UBCs) in 2006. Annually, Novelis recycles
about 45 percent of all UBCs collected in the United States and Canada
through its recycling plants in Berea, Ky., Oswego, N.Y., and Greensboro,
Ga. The Berea plant is the world's largest facility dedicated to UBC
Recycling aluminum provides valuable economic, environmental, and
social benefits. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, meaning that the cans
recycled by Novelis are manufactured back into new can sheet in a
closed-loop process than can be repeated forever. On a global scale,
Novelis recycled a record 38 billion UBCs in 2006, which translates to more
than 500,000 metric tons of aluminum.
"Aluminum recycling is the cornerstone of the Novelis commitment to
sustainability," said Kevin Greenawalt, President of Novelis North America.
"Local actions lead to global benefits. Each and every recycled can on a
local level has global impact by saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, and conserving the earth's natural resources."
Aluminum produced from recycled cans only uses about five percent of
the energy required to produce the material from raw materials, so it
produces 95 percent less emissions such as greenhouse gasses and conserves
such natural resources as bauxite and water. Recycling just one aluminum
can saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours.
has a long track record of establishing and sponsoring UBC
collection programs in the U.S. to increase recycling rates and build local
awareness that it pays to recycle aluminum," explained Gary Wygant,
Recycling Director. "Our multi-faceted approach is through a number of
high-profile sponsorships such as "Cans for Cash - City Recycling
Challenge" in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Keep
America Beautiful, Inc. We also sponsor the highly successful America
Recycles Day every November 15, as well as the Aluminum Association's Cans
for Habitat and Curbside Value Partnership programs."
As part of its continued commitment to sustainable practices, Novelis
North America also participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders Program. Climate Leaders is an
industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop
long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. As a member of the U.S.
Aluminum Association, Novelis supports the aluminum industry's leadership
position in U.S. climate change policy for environmental sustainability.
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