The high intrinsic value of aluminium is a major economic incentive for its recycling. Indeed, aluminium scrap can be repeatedly recycled without any loss of value or properties.
Furthermore, the energy required is a mere fraction of that needed for primary production, often as little as 5%, yielding obvious ecological benefits.
A study by Delft University of Technology recently revealed aluminium’s considerable recycling potential in the building sector. Aluminium collection rates from a cross-section of commercial and residential buil-dings in 6 European countries were found to be in excess of 92%, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to sustainable development.
The full study by Delft University of Technology, titled is available for download “Collection of aluminium from buildings in Europe ” (EAA, 2004).