Alcoa will provide 50,000 recycling bins to organizations and communities throughout the United States as part of its 2010 Recycling Bin Program.
In partnership with the Aluminum Association, Alcoa aims to increase aluminum beverage can recycling rates from the current 54 per cent to 75 per cent by 2015.
As it has done for the past two years, Alcoa is partnering with state recycling organizations to establish individual allocations based on locally-identified needs. Interested individuals or groups should contact their state recycling organizations or state agencies of environmental protection for more details.
States that will receive bin allocations in 2010 include: Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky, Tennesse, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, and North Carolina
Recycling aluminum cans saves valuable landfill space and the cans are infinitely recyclable. They can be used, recycled, and back on the store shelf as a new beverage can in less than 60 days. And, it takes 95 per cent less energy to make a can from recycled aluminum, then from raw materials. Aluminum is also the most valuable material in the recycling bin. Although by weight it is less than two per cent of the country’s recycled stream, aluminum generates 40 per cent of the revenue to sustain all recycling programs.
“If we could get each American to recycle just one more can per week over what they already do, we could reach our 75 per cent recycling goal,” said Greg Wittbecker, Alcoa director of recycling.
Alcoa Recycling first started providing bins in 2008 and has given bins to municipalities, colleges, Native American tribes, and community-based organizations in 19 states.
Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry.
It serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa’s businesses to customers.
In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa(R) wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems.
The Company has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years.
Alcoa employs approximately 60,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at http://www.alcoa.com/global/en/home.asp.