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aluminium cans help couple walk down the aisle
 
Who would have thought recycling enough aluminium cans could pay for a wedding? That’s exactly what one couple in the US are hoping to achieve - and being the world’s largest producer of aluminium, when Alcoa heard the story, we wanted to help.

When Peter Geyer and Andrea Parrish got engaged, they decided to tap into their desire to protect the environment, and started a campaign to recycle aluminium cans to pay for the ceremony.
Alcoa has since donated 150,000 aluminium cans to the couple’s cause.

“Alcoa has a goal to raise recycling rates to 75% by the year 2015, and what Peter and Andrea have done to raise the awareness of this issue in the US goes a long way to help educate people on the benefits of recycling,” said Greg Wittbecker, director of Corporate Recycling at Alcoa.

In addition to donating 150,000 cans toward the couple’s 400,000 can goal, Alcoa is helping to spread the word about the couple’s initiative and can recycling by keeping a blog. Check it out and also watch the couple in a video, encouraging others to protect the environment by sharing their passion for recycling – click here.

“The support that Alcoa has offered is incredibly motivating,” said Andrea.

“While our goal has been to collect 400,000 cans for our wedding, we are even more excited about getting the message of recycling and helping the environment out to even more people.”

The couple chose recycling cans as their fundraiser to align their beliefs of helping the environment with their need to raise funds.
Aluminium cans are infinitely recyclable and it takes 95% less energy to recycle cans than to make them from new aluminium. The beverage containers can be used, recycled, and back on store shelves in as little as 60 days. In fact, 73 percent of all of the aluminium ever produced since 1888 is still in use today.

Did you know Alcoa is the largest recycler of aluminium in Australia?
We recycle 70,000 tonnes of aluminium each year at our facility in Yennora NSW.
 
alcoa and honda
Aluminium – our metal - is particularly important to anyone who rides a motorcycle.

Alcoa’s Utinga plant in Santo André, Brazil, was recognized recently by Honda Motorcycle of Brazil for outstanding quality performance.
Alcoa received Honda’s top quality supplier award following Honda’s thorough assessment of its supplier network in Latin America over a 12-month period.

Alcoa is the exclusive supplier of extruded aluminium tubes for the rear suspension of several of Honda’s popular motorcycles, including the XRE300, CB250 Twister, and the CRF 30F and XR250 Tornado models for the Latin American market.

A motorcycle’s suspension serves a dual purpose, contributing to the vehicle’s handling and braking, and providing safety and comfort by keeping the vehicle’s passengers comfortably isolated from road noise, bumps and vibrations.

“We are always looking for solutions to improve performance and safety. By using Alcoa’s lighter, high-strength 7XXX series aluminium alloy in the suspension system, we improved the motorcycle’s performance significantly by reducing the weight of the swing arm, meeting our customer’s expectation,” said Luiz Antonio Azevedo Rosa, Quality Superintendent for Alcoa Extruded Parts Division, Brazil.

The Utinga plant supplies extrusions to a number of Latin American market segments, including the ground transportation, industrial machinery and electrical equipment markets, and consumer goods industries.


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Peter Geyer and Andrea Parrish



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