Australians produce more than 1.3 million tonnes of plastic every year - more than 71 kg for every person.

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Preventing waste is a powerful strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Waste is not just created when consumers throw items away. Throughout the life cycle of a product (resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal) waste is generated. Reducing, reusing, and recycling in your home helps conserve energy and reduces pollution and greenhouse gases generated throughout the product's life cycle.

Produce less waste by practicing the 3 Rs:
  • Reduce the amount and toxicity of rubbish you discard.
  • Reuse containers and products; repair what is broken or give it to someone who can repair it.
  • Recycle as much as possible, which includes buying products with recycled content.

Did you know that our product, aluminium, is actually part of the solution to climate change? Aluminium's lifecycle provides significant greenhouse benefits through recycling. Aluminium is almost endlessly recyclable and recycling saves 95% of the energy it would take to make new metal. 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 even saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.

Alcoa is the largest recycler of aluminium in Australia and we recycle around 70,000 tonnes of aluminium each year at our facility in Yennora, NSW.

Worldwide, Alcoa is leading the aluminium industry's efforts to make aluminium climate neutral. Recycling and the use of aluminium in transport could make aluminium climate neutral by 2025.
Waste prevention means consuming and throwing away less.
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Reusing items, by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them, also reduces waste.
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Recycling has environmental, economic and social advantages.

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