The Novelis project will add aluminum recycling equipment, incorporate a new baghouse for controlling dust, and increase safety. | Image from Novelis video

Novelis, the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, will invest tens of millions of dollars expanding its recycling capabilities and improving safety at its Georgia plant.

The company announced on Oct. 30 it will spend $36 million on upgrades at its Greensboro, Ga. facility, which recycles used beverage containers (UBCs) and other sources of aluminum scrap.

The project includes adding aluminum recycling equipment, incorporating a new baghouse for controlling dust, and increasing safety by separating pedestrians from vehicles.

The press release states the project will expand the ability of the plant to recycle automotive production scrap, and it notes the facility will continue to recycle UBCs.

“The primary focus for this project is allowing us to expand our capabilities and recycle aluminum for both of these value streams – automotive and beverage can,” Daniel Groce, a spokesman for Novelis North America, told Resource Recycling. “It gives us the flexibility to shift our product mix according to demand.

Opened in 1980, the Greensboro facility has played a key role Novelis’ development of recycling technology, according to the press release.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Novelis is part of Aditya Birla Group, a multinational company based in India. Companywide, Novelis’ products contained 61% recycled content during the 2019 fiscal year, up from 57% the year before.

The Greensboro upgrade project is expected to be complete by fall 2021.

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