Rio Tinto to build aluminium recycling centre in Canada

Diversified metal and mining group, Rio Tinto, says it will construct an aluminium recycling centre at its Arvida plant in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.

The company says the new unit will make it North America’s first primary aluminium producer to incorporate post-consumer material into aluminium alloys. Clean aluminium scrap sourced locally from used vehicles and construction materials will be remelted to produce billets at Arvida plus other products at Rio Tinto’s plants in Quebec province.

“Investing in new recycling facilities in Arvida is another step in our strategy to expand our offering of low-carbon aluminium products and integrate the circular economy into our value chain,” said managing director of Atlantic operations Sebastien Ross. “This will allow us to continue to meet our customers’ growing demand for responsible, traceable products.” End-markets include automotive, packaging and construction.

The US$29 M (€29.1 M) recycling centre is due to become operational in Q2 2024 and will have an initial capacity of 30,000 t/y, Rio Tinto said. A remelting furnace equipped with regenerative burners and an automated scrap loading system will be installed in an existing building at Arvida.

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