Emirates Global Aluminium announced that it has recycled more than 96,000 tonnes of waste in 2017, up from over 77,000 tonnes in 2016.
Sunday also marked the company's first Global Recycling Day, which is being observed worldwide to encourage the economic re-use of waste.
The waste volume EGA recycled in 2017 increased with the company's reduction of stockpiles from previous years, having found economically-viable solutions.
Salman Abdulla, EGA’s executive vice president of health, safety, security, environment, quality and business transformation, said: “At EGA our long term aspiration is that everything we produce can ultimately be a product with an economic use. We just have to work with other industries to find those uses. Economists call this system, where one industry’s by-products become another industry’s feedstock, the ‘circular economy’. This is clearly the right thing to do for business and the planet.”
EGA’s smelting operations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai produce several by-product streams for which the company has made significant progress in finding economic re-uses, particularly with the cement industry.
Spent pot lining, the used inner lining of the pots in which aluminium is smelted, is a useful source of fuel and refractory materials for the cement industry. EGA supplied almost twice as much SPL to UAE cement plants in 2017 than it produced.
EGA is currently building an alumina refinery at Al Taweelah, which will be the first in the UAE and only the second in the Middle East. A by-product of alumina refining is bauxite residue.
EGA will operate a dedicated bauxite residue storage site in line with current world-class best practice, about 30 kilometres inland from the coast in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.