EGA marks Global Recycling Day revealing record recycling in 2019
In 2019, EGA sent 46,696 tonnes of spent pot lining to UAE cement plants for use as an alternative fuel and raw material
The largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil and gas sector, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has marked Global Recycling Day on 18 March by revealing that the company’s industrial waste recycling increased by more than a third year-on-year to reach 140,000 tonnes in 2019.
EGA has also revealed that its regular waste generation decreased in 2019, compared to the previous year. The company’s long-term aspiration is to send zero process waste to landfill.
The firm focuses on reducing waste generation in its operations, and also aims to develop opportunities to use unavoidable waste as feedstock for other industries.
In 2019, EGA’s waste generation decreased by 5%, excluding spent pot lining. The amount of spent pot lining varies because it is generated only when reduction cells require re-lining after several years of operation.
EGA is a world leader in the recycling of spent pot lining, one of the largest by-product streams from aluminium smelting.
In 2019, EGA sent 46,696 tonnes of spent pot lining to UAE cement plants for use as an alternative fuel and raw material, a 13% increase compared to 2018.
EGA also recycled approximately 28,000 tonnes of carbon fines, by supplying it to the cement industry as an alternative fuel.
Commenting on its recycling initiatives, the executive vice president of Environment, Health, Safety, Sustainability, and Quality at EGA, Salman Abdulla, said: “Global Recycling Day is a good opportunity to focus on our goal – reducing waste generation, and finding ways to turn the waste we cannot eliminate into economically-useful products in partnership with other industries.”
Abdulla added: “We have more to do, but we are making great progress towards achieving this goal which is important for the sustainability of our business and our country.”
EGA is also working to find economically-viable uses for bauxite residue, a by-product of alumina refining. Despite decades of academic research on its potential uses, most bauxite residue produced worldwide is still stored indefinitely as waste.
EGA’s research is focusing on large-scale applications for bauxite residue in the UAE, and success in this research could result in a global breakthrough for the aluminium industry.