Aluminium from household trash is being reused
Companies around Europe have started to work with resource recovery from bottom ashes (bottom ashes are the leftovers after burning of our household trash). In Denmark we have Afatek, one of the market leaders in the recovery of resources focused on development and optimisation of processes.
In November we had the chance to visit the facilities to see the process they have developed to recover aluminium and close the recycling loop. The visit was a very interesting and eye-opening experience where we learned some new things. For example did we learn that our aluminium packaging is being recycled and can be reused, even without being sorted. Household trash is being burned and the bottom ashes are transported to companies like Afatek. Afatek can then sort these bottom ashes and recover even the tiniest pieces of aluminium.