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Moving recycling forward with new technology in Germany

Anne-Lene Molland

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Moving recycling forward with new technology in Germany

Aluminium is infinetaly recyclable. Photo: Michael Rennertz / Hydro

With new technology, our UBC (used beverage cans) recycling line in Germany will be able to take in 3.3 billion aluminium cans a year – and remelt them into new cans.

Our aluminium plant in Neuss, Germany, is the first to adopt a patented, advanced sorting technology for used beverage cans. This technology makes it possible to collect aluminium material with up to 20 percent impurity.

Waste for some, these cans are gold to us. Photo: Michael Rennertz / Hydro

Waste for some, these cans are gold to us. Photo: Michael Rennertz / Hydro

This is the best place to be for any used beverage can

– Countries collect cans using various systems, where the collected bulk often contains impurities and other materials than aluminium. Our facility in Neuss is the first to adopt a patented, advanced sorting technology for used beverage cans, able to process collected aluminium material with up to 20 percent impurities. This makes the new recycling line the best place to be for any used beverage can, says Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

Waste for some, gold for us

More than 30 billion cans are recycled in Europe annually. This constitutes 450,000 tonnes of cans.

– This might be waste for some, but these cans are gold to us. This aluminium is valuable, infinite metal that we will renew in the form of new cans. These cans will help quench the thirst of consumers throughout Europe, and find their way back to us again and again, says Brandtzæg.

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This aluminium is a valuable, infinite metal that we will renew in the form of new cans that will help quench the thirst of consumers throughout Europe – and will find their way back to us, again and again. Photo: Michael Rennertz / Hydro

This aluminium is a valuable, infinite metal that we will renew in the form of new cans that will help quench the thirst of consumers throughout Europe – and will find their way back to us, again and again. Photo: Michael Rennertz / Hydro

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