Positive environmental impact
Not only does secondary aluminum production use less energy, it reduces landfill waste, contributes much lower greenhouse gas emissions and greatly reduces costly international transportation. A 10 percent increase in aluminum end-of-life recycling rates decreases industry greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent.
Green goals achievement
Leading companies such as Apple use recycled aluminum to achieve their aggressive sustainable manufacturing goals while building lightweight and artfully designed end products that delight customers. The company achieved a 66 percent recycling rate in 2009 and has set a goal of 70 percent for 2015.
Profit and purpose connection
Customers are increasingly looking to buy from companies with a strong sense of corporate responsibility and a solid environmental track record. As more companies see the link between sustainable manufacturing, customer loyalty and profits, the interest in recycled aluminum will continue to rise.
Beyond the can
The aluminum can is often the subject of recycling success stories and statistics, but the recycling rates in the auto and building/construction industries are even higher. More than 90 percent of aluminum used in automotive and construction applications is recycled.