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recycled aluminium graces kwinana
The beauty of aluminium has once again transformed the Rockingham foreshore in Western Australia.

Recycled aluminium, made into large scale artworks, was on display near our Kwinana operations this month, as part of the annual Castaways Sculpture Awards.

The exhibition on the Rockingham Foreshore included both established and emerging artists, some of who created works from our versatile metal, aluminium.

The Castaways Sculpture Awards was designed to highlight the City of Rockingham’s commitment to recycling and the visual arts – commitments shared by Alcoa. 

Each year we offer an aluminium award category, with a major prize of $5000 and a second prize of $3000.  All participating artists who use aluminium in their creation go into the Alcoa award category.

This year, the winning artist was Ken Sealey for his work “arc of time” (pictured right). Yasmin Yussof’s “shopping trolley art” (also pictured right) took out second prize. 

aluminium – recyclable over and over again
Aluminium is one of the world’s greatest recyclable materials and we can all play our part by recycling aluminium around the home, such as aluminium cans and aluminium foil.

Did you know? …
  • Aluminium is almost endlessly recyclable and recycling saves 95% of the energy it would take to make new metal.  
  • Nearly three-quarters of all aluminium ever made since 1886 remains in use today.
  • Alcoa is the largest recycler of aluminium in Australia. We recycle around 70,000 tonnes of aluminium each year at our remelting facility in Yennora, NSW.
  • An aluminium can recycles 100% back into another aluminium can while only using 5% of the energy needed to make a new can from scratch.
  • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
  • Used aluminium cans are recycled and returned to a store shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days.
  • Globally, Alcoa utilises about 20% of recycled metal for fabricated products and is working to increase this to 50%.
  • The aluminium can recycling rate for Australia is around 70%.
  • Worldwide, Alcoa is leading the aluminium industry’s efforts to make aluminium climate neutral. 

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2009 Castaways Sculpture Awards: “shopping trolley art” by Yasmin Yussof

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The Rockingham foreshore

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“shopping trolley art”

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2009 Castaways Sculpture Awards: “arc of time” by Ken Sealey

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L-R: Sculpture artist Ken Sealey, Kwinana Refinery Manager Jose Pulpeiro with artist Yasmin Yussof