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Plea to reduce aluminium exports from EU

Aluminium recyclers have called for EU measures to restrict the amount of the scrap material that leaves the continent.

European Aluminium, which includes Novelis in its members, called for more investment in sorting machinery to help boost the recycled material market in the EU.

Speaking at a discussion on creating a viable European market for secondary raw materials at conference in Brussels, the trade body backed the phasing out of landfill for recycled materials.

Recycling director Magdalena Garczyńska (pictured) said that recycling processes in non-European countries tended to have lower health, safety and environmental standards.

“The more we recycle, the less raw aluminium we need to import,” she added.

Garczyńska made four recommendations:

  • Phase out landfills for recyclable materials and maximise aluminium collection
  • Innovate and invest in more efficient sorting and treatment technologies and melting processes
  • Minimise leakage of aluminium scrap from Europe
  • When recycled outside the EU, equivalent health, safety and environmental standards as in the EU should apply

According to the trade body’s research, there are 220 EU aluminium plants, which generated a combined revenue of around £6.7bn in 2014.

Aluminium recycling production in Europe in 2014 amounted to 10.5 million tonnes, short of the 12.3 million overall processing capacity.

Also speaking at the disussion were European Commission green economy director Kęstutis Sadauskas, FEAD secretary general Nadine De Greef, MEP Davor Škrlec and ACR+ secretary general Françoise Bonnet.

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