POINT CLEAR, AL--October 8, 2012: Alcoa is the inaugural winner of the LEAP award for recycling leadership given by the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC), an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable recycling in the Southeast U.S. The award recognizes corporate leadership in the drive to increase recycling rates in the region.
“SERDC is pleased to recognize Alcoa's longstanding commitment to recycling and materials management”
"SERDC is pleased to recognize Alcoa's longstanding commitment to recycling and materials management," said Will Sagar, executive director of SERDC. "Alcoa has been proactive in supporting collection of materials, not only aluminum, but all recyclables. Alcoa's responsible approach and investment in infrastructure has demonstrated leadership that serves as a model for the industry. We look forward to continuing our collaborative effort with Alcoa and others to promote sustainable recycling in 11 southeastern states."
"Alcoa is proud to accept this first LEAP award, but even prouder of the collaborative work we do with SERDC and its members," said Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa. "Collaboration is the cornerstone of the Action to Accelerate Recycling initiative we announced last month at the Clinton Global Initiative."
"Despite increases in the number of cans recycled in the U.S. last year, we have a long way to go," Schmitt said. "Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable and when we recycle them, we save 95 percent of the energy needed to make aluminum cans from scratch. Recycling those cans creates real value, and it creates jobs in the southeast. That's why no can should ever see a landfill."
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa's operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world.