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ALBA Group Sustainability

The company has dedicated itself in recycling activities

September 05th, 2018
Olena Momotko, News from Berlin

ALBA Group has dedicated itself in recycling activities that conserve natural resources. No other green economy company covers the spectrum of recycling technologies and services as completely as the ALBA Group.

In today´s contemporary society, innovations have made our lives easier, so now we shouldn’t deal with waste management – we can recycle the items instead.

In many countries this problem had become an urgent problem and one that needs immediate solving.
So in order to prevent urgent issues we need to think and to plan in advance. Developed countries have managed to understand this long ago and ALBA has already been operating for more than 50 years now.
At the same time, the use of secondary raw materials opens a way out of the looming raw materials crisis - economic growth and the consumption of resources can be fundamentally decoupled.

The sustainability of their business model can also be seen from the recovery rates: they recycle about 80 percent of the waste entrusted. In glass, they reach a peak of nearly 100 percent, with residual waste up to 98 percent.

Waste paper, on the other hand, can be recycled up to eight times with high quality sorting. The separate collection, sorting and recycling of sales packaging also contributes significantly to resource conservation.

We can admire the innovations they want to provide in every little sphere to increase efficiency such as recycling lithium-ion batteries, using "competitive advantage resource efficiency" etc. For instance Germans have started the next research project to recover lithium economically in the future. Although global natural lithium reserves will last at least until 2050, recovery from old batteries is economically interesting: Given the rapidly growing demand for electric mobility, the price per ton of lithium carbonate has more than doubled within a year to $ 14,500.  

For several years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT has been investigating how the recycling activities of the ALBA Group affect the environment by avoiding climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and not removing primary resources from the environment.

The result is impressive: in 2015 alone, the ALBA Group saved more than 51.8 million tons of primary resources by reprocessing around 5.5 million tons of various recyclables, which therefore did not have to be taken from the environment. In addition, the recycling of the ALBA Group saved greenhouse gas emissions of around 5.9 million tons in 2015. A mixed forest with comparable annual greenhouse gas emissions would have 587,703 hectares of land, which is almost four times the area of ​​the city of Mexico City.

The future of its activity is expected to be even more impressive is we – the society – will assume the aim of the renewable resources and developing healthy environment.


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