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Recycling of aluminum from municipal refuse makes economic good sense and will be increasingly so due to the need to utilize resources and energy to the fullest.
The currect work of building a broad base of specifications, utilizing sample evaluations from many sources, will provide the municipal refuse processors with the technical criteria necessary to produce a product that is marketable.
Continued growth of the aluminum industry is contingent on metal supply from both primary and reclamation sources.
The durability of aluminum in its various produce forms, coupled with the growth factor, point to a strong demand on all of the suppliers of this metal. The reclamation industry, with its lower capital requirements per annual ton of output, relative to virgin aluminum, is a vital segment in the maintenance of an adequate supply of aluminum to the market. Two of the fastest growing aluminum markets today, containers and consumer products, can readily use the aluminum now being recovered and can potentially keep ahead of the supply. This helps assure market stability, and all that it means to the new industry of municipal refuse processing.
conservation, reclamation, materials recovery, natural resources
General manager, Reclamation Products, Reynolds Metals Company, Richmond, Va.