Case Studies

These case studies illustrate how Alcoa is acting upon its commitment to sustainable development throughout the world. We are pleased with this progress, but look forward to achieving even more.

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2008 — Environment

Recycling and reuse of waste – two major priorities

For many years, all four plants of Alcoa Canada Primary Metals have been certified under ICI ON RECYCLE! (Here we recycle!).  This program, operated by the government corporation of RECYC-QUÉBEC, recognizes corporations, businesses and institutions that achieve certain reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling objectives for containers, packaging, materials or products, and that promote reuse with a view to resource conservation.
To foster increased involvement and encourage more Québec companies to implement a waste management system, RECYC-QUÉBEC created three levels of participation for the program in 2007.  With their strong track record, our four plants already qualify for the highest level of performance, and they should receive official recognition upon renewal of their certification in 2009.  In addition, Alcoa has committed to setting up new programs, namely for textiles and composting, and to promote the program to its clients.  In 2008, Alcoa was able to register its Head Office at the second level of participation (i.e. “Implementation”) due to its existing commitment to reduction, reuse and recycling.  The Montreal offices received their certification this year.
Process wastes
In addition to its commitment to reusing materials such as metal, wood, paper/cardboard, glass, plastic and organic materials as part of the ICI ON RECYLCE! program, Alcoa also focuses on recycling its process wastes.  In fact, our plants are constantly looking for solutions to reuse their various by-products.
And there have been many successes in this regard.  For example, ladle refractories are now sold to cement plants as a raw material.
A target of a 50% reduction in landfilled wastes was fixed for 2007.  The Bécancour Smelter (ABI) and Bécancour Rod Plant achieved this ambitious goal.  In the pursuit of this objective, ABI successfully recycled most of its casting furnace slag, which resulted in significant waste reductions.  For the rod plant, the target had been met already in 2006.
Recycling and the recovery of wastes, whether they are generated by the process or not, requires constant vigilance and efforts continue to achieve our objective throughout the region.