The Brazil is world champion in aluminum recycling

Recycling Process

The Recycling Aluminum

See below, the main steps of recycling aluminum:

Processo de fabricação

Index of Recycling Aluminum Cans

Indice de fabricação


Sources: ABAL, Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Highly Recyclable Cans, The Japan Aluminium Recycling Association, Cámara Argentina de la Industria del Aluminium y Metales Afin, The Aluminium Association, EEA - European Aluminium Association.

Latasa acts on the main stages of recycling aluminum cans. When discarding happens post-consumer, cans are collected by collectors who sell to cooperatives, small, medium and large scrap dealers. These, in turn, sell used beverage cans for large industries like Latasa.

From this, Latasa press the material in their Collection Centers, which are in the main capitals of Brazil, and the scrap goes to the Recycling Plants, where it undergoes high-tech equipment for unpacking, separation of impurities and the material is shredded. After that, it is forwarded to rotary and reverbatory furnaces.

The aluminum is then melted at 700°C and transformed in the main product of the company, the liquid aluminum.

With the liquid aluminum is also possible to manufacture ingots. Both products are sold to rolling mills, which manufactures aluminum sheets and sells to companies that produce aluminum beverage cans. The final product (aluminum beverage cans) will, then, for companies such as beer and soft drinks, for example.

These companies fulfill packaging with your product and sell in supermarkets, mass merchandisers, distributors, etc…

The aluminum can goes through the whole process in just 30 days.

According to data from ABAL (Brazilian Aluminum Association) and Abralatas (Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Highly Recyclable Cans), Brazil is champion in recycling aluminum cans since 2001, 97.9% recycling of cans sold (figures calculated in 2015).