The recyclability of aluminium - one of its unique properties along with strength, durability and corrosion resistance - has led to its increased use in construction over recent years. Used aluminium is valuable and is easily and endlessly recycled without quality loss. The material is very rarely 'lost' entirely because of this. Important issues to note are:
The quality of aluminium is not impaired by recycling, endlessly
Remelting aluminium saves up to 95 per cent of the energy needed to produce the primary product
It is the most cost-effective material to recycle
The overall market for used aluminium is steadily growing, so the more aluminium there is in a product, the more chance it has of being recycled
The recycling rate of used aluminium products in building is over 80 per cent (over 95 per cent in transportation and 30 per cent in packaging)
30 per cent of the 1.9 million tonnes of aluminium used in Europe in 1997 came from recycling.