Aluminium recovery from waste-to energy plants
(April 6, 2017) European Aluminium has developed a short video explaining how aluminium can be recovered also from the bottom ash of waste-to-energy plants.
The aluminium industry’s preferred recycling solution for aluminium packaging is via separate collection and sorting. Well managed collection systems can reach recycling percentages of 80% or more. Smaller aluminium packaging items, such as screw caps and closures, are usually included in existing packaging recovery schemes and some also allow for thin foil to be added. However, because packaging collection schemes are different from country to country and taking into account that the thinner aluminium (and laminated) foil at least partially ends up in the household waste fraction, sent to waste-to-energy plants for treatment, the recovery of aluminium from the bottom ashes is a complementary route to further increase recycling rates.