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February 22, 2010
Alcoa to Provide Recycling Bins Throughout U.S.
PITTSBURGH--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced that it will provide 50,000 recycling
bins to organizations and communities throughout the U.S. as part of its
2010 Recycling Bin Program.
“Alcoa and the Aluminum Association have a goal of increasing the
recycling rates of aluminum beverage cans in the U.S. from the current
54% to 75% by the year 2015,” said Greg Wittbecker, Alcoa Director of
Recycling. “This bin distribution program is just one way that we’re
trying to make it easier for people to recycle.”
As it has done for the past two years, Alcoa is partnering with state
recycling organizations to establish individual allocations based upon
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:
Recycling aluminum cans provides benefits to the environment because it
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% 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 2% of the USA’s recycled stream, aluminum generates 40% 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% recycling goal,” said
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. Alcoa
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® 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 www.alcoa.com.