ARLINGTON, Va.,The Aluminum Association today applauded the U.S. Senate for its passage, by unanimous consent, of Senate Resolution 251, "a resolution expressing support for improvement in the collection, processing, and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United States."
"The aluminum industry commends U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) for introducing this resolution—and to the U.S. Senate for its unanimous endorsement of it," said Heidi
Brock, President of the Aluminum Association. "Recycled aluminum provides an essential feedstock to the aluminum industry, and we strongly support efforts to encourage and expand recycling of aluminum and other high-value materials—particularly among consumers," she added.
The Aluminum Association joined fellow members of the Recycling Roundtable—the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA), the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), and the Paper Recycling Coalition (PRC)—to develop and promote the resolution, which was introduced into the Senate in early August.
"In addition to its economic value, recycled aluminum is a great benefit to the environment," Brock noted. "Recycled aluminum uses only 5 percent of the energy, and generates only 5 percent of the emissions, associated with the manufacture of primary aluminum."
"The Aluminum Association will continue to work with our industry partners, and with downstream users of our metal, to educate the public as to the sustainable nature of aluminum—and its value to society," Brock concluded.
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The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.