Novelis has reached 43% of recycled content in its products but encountered challenges over waste to landfill, the company’s latest sustainability report indicates
The US aluminium recycling giant reported that the amount of recycled inputs had rose by 13 percentage points in the two years since the launch of a 2020 target of 80%.
Phil Martens, president and chief executive at Novelis, said that the company was “radically transforming” itself to achieve the target.
“This approach is driving changes in the way we source inputs, structure our supply chain, make capital investments, develop our products and engage with our customers,” he said.
The progress was also driven by investments of close to $500m (£309m) to nearly double the company’s recycling capacity by 2015 when the company aims to achieve 50% recycled content.
However, the amount of waste that Novelis sent to landfill in 2013 increased by 13% year-on-year to 556,000 tonnes, indicating that more effort was needed to reach a 2020 target of zero waste sent to landfill. Even so, waste landfill levels were down from an average of 625,000 tonnes per year between 2007 and 2009.
The landfill increase in 2013 is being attributed to the start-up of a new recycling facility in Yeongju, South Korea.
“While this facility substantially increased our capability to recycle aluminium scrap, it also increased our volume of waste, especially dross-related waste, sent to landfill,” said Novelis.
Last year Novelis also broke ground on a plant in Nachterstedt, Germany, expected to be operational in 2014.
It now claims to be the world’s largest recycler of aluminium.