04. April 2017 | Branche, Technologie

Constellium boosts recycling capabilities in the USA

Constellium has installed a new recycling furnace at its Muscle Shoals, Alabama facility. The now fully operational furnace is expected to increase the total recycling output by 77,110 tonnes, or 5.2 billion additional used beverage cans per year. The Muscle Shoals plant will then be expected to recycle the equivalent of nearly 20 billion cans per year – almost one-fifth of the cans sold in the United States.

The new furnace, which meets the Best Available Control Technology (BACT), will improve the safety, energy efficiency and environmental footprint of the plant, Constellium says. Known as Element 13, the recycling facility at the Muscle Shoals plant is one of the largest recyclers of UBCs in the world. This capacity, which enables the plant to recycle products at their end-of-life as well as scrap from customers, contributes to Constellium’s overall engagement to ‘close the loop’ in beverage can recycling. Constellium works closely with the Can Manufacturers Institute to raise environmental awareness and promote recycling within communities.