First Plastic-Aluminum Laminate Recycling Facility Opens

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Source: Novelis

If you’ve ever had a Capri-Sun, or other food or drink from a metallic pouch, you’re likely familiar with plastic-aluminum laminates (PAL).

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PALs have long been used for toothpaste tubes and in recent years has gained popularity as pouches for food, drink and pet food. PALs are environmentally conscious over their product life-cycle because very little energy goes into their production and they are extremely light, cutting transport costs. These attributes, plus the fact they protects contents from light and air, make it attractive to manufacturers. Until now, however, they weren’t recyclable.

More than 15 years ago, materials scientists at Cambridge discovered a way to separate the aluminum contents of a PAL from their plastic ingredients using microwaves. Now, the first full-scale facility devoted to PAL recycling has opened in Luton, UK. The plant was designed, built and operated by Enval Limited, a spin-out company of Cambridge University. Gizmag has the whole story.

At $1,834 per metric ton, the aluminum 3-month price moved up 1.2% on Wednesday, January 21, making it the day’s biggest mover on the LME. At INR 113.60 ($1.84), the cash price of primary Indian aluminum finished the market day up 0.5% per kilogram. After a 0.2% increase, the cash price of primary aluminum finished the day on the LME at $1,829 per metric ton.

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Chinese aluminum closed mixed on Wednesday. The cash price of Chinese aluminum saw a 0.5% decline to CNY 12,710 ($2,045) per metric ton. The price of Chinese aluminum bar fell 0.5% to CNY 12,720 ($2,047) per metric ton. The price of Chinese aluminum scrap flattened at CNY 12,300 ($1,979) after two days of improvement. The price of Chinese aluminum billet held steady at CNY 13,200 ($2,124) per metric ton.

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