Novelis Inc. yesterday broke ground on a USD36 million investment to expand and upgrade recycling capacity at its Greensboro, Georgia facility. The investment includes adding equipment for aluminium scrap recycling, a new baghouse for improved dust mitigation and enhanced designs for safer and more efficient traffic flow. The company expects to complete the project by autumn of 2021.
The investment will expand Novelis’ capabilities in automotive closed-loop recycling, a process to take aluminium scrap created during stamping and recycle it for new vehicle production. Closing the loop preserves the value of the alloy, reduces cost, minimizes environmental impact and establishes a secure supply chain. The facility will also continue to recycle used beverage cans for the beverage packaging industry.
“As automakers continue to choose aluminium as the sustainable material of choice, we are investing in our recycling capabilities to increase the amount of recycled content in new vehicles and reduce carbon emissions,” said Marco Palmieri, president of Novelis North America. “This investment aligns with our purpose of Shaping a Sustainable World Together and demonstrates our commitment to helping our customers meet their sustainability targets.”
In addition, the upgrades will also enhance the facility’s safety systems. For example, the new design will more effectively separate pedestrian walkways from mobile equipment traffic.