This is because making aluminium from the raw material, bauxite, uses a lot of energy - while recycling the metal through a simple re-melt process is a massive 20 times more energy efficient. Put another way, recycling uses just 5% of the energy needed for primary production.
And because aluminium can be recycled over and over again without losing its properties, the metal has a lifetime of different uses: about 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in circulation.
The challenge now is to raise recycling rates for the aluminium we use as individuals - mainly drinks cans, foil trays and aerosol cans. Find out how we do it in Ireland ...
Alupro Ireland is a member of a European network of organisations, funded by the European Aluminium Association (EAA) to promote the collection and recycling of used aluminium packaging within the Government, stakeholders, and the general public. The organisation works closely with the UK Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) which is a not for profit organisation funded by aluminium packaging producers and recyclers.