Aluminium recycling does not only save energy compared to its primary production (a reduction of 95%) but is also infinite, without loss of its properties. That means that aluminium remains unchanged no matter how many times it is processed and used.
Europe does not have the necessary raw materials available for primary aluminium production and heavily relies on importation. That is why promoting more aluminium recycling is key to an economic and environmentally sustainable future.
Aluminium’s second life:
Aluminium products come in many shapes and sizes. Thanks to the fact that aluminium preserves its core properties through infinite cycles of use, 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
It can be recycled and used for the same product as before (‘closed aluminium product loop’) or into something completely different such as buildings, trains, planes, and bicycles, to name a few.
You can find more information on aluminium recycling on European Aluminium’s website: http://www.european-aluminium.eu