About Alcoa Recycling
For as long as we've been making aluminum, Alcoa has been recycling aluminum. In fact, we've been doing so since we invented the smelting process in 1888. That's because aluminum is infinitely recyclable.


Alcoa collects both aluminum cans and other aluminum scrap for recycling in Alcoa, Tennessee. Today, aluminum used beverage containers (UBCs) and many other forms of aluminum scrap are procured through Alcoa Recycling’s seasoned buying team. If you’re an industrial recycler and want to sell scrap to Alcoa, visit Alcoa Recycling’s Contact Us page for more information.


The mission of Alcoa Recycling is to help people understand how important it is to recycle, and to make it easier to do so. Today, it’s more important than ever to recycle. Recycling not only reduces litter and conserves landfill space, it is also an important key to slowing and stopping the growth of greenhouse gases caused by power generation. 


So help us make a difference. Recycle.


If you have questions or suggestions for us, please contact us






It's estimated that since 1972 some 37 billion pounds of aluminum have been recycled in the U.S. These 1.2 trillion aluminum cans placed end-to-end could stretch to the moon and back some 174 times, and have earned Americans more than $25 billion.
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