Council for Aluminium in Building

CAB Closed Loop Recycling Scheme (Pilot)

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative: CAB Closed Loop Recycling Scheme (Pilot). This scheme is open to members of CAB and is part of your membership package.

Aluminium is a “permanent” material, which means that its inherent properties do not change after repeated recycling. It therefore resonates with consumer expectations to produce and consume products in a more sustainable way. In order to keep aluminium in the loop, it must be collected and sorted properly. While there is always an economic incentive to recycle aluminium, one of the aims of this scheme is to increase closed loop recycling by encouraging the collecting and sorting of scrap into specific wrought alloy groups.

While such closed loop recycling of construction materials is currently voluntary, requirements could be placed on “embedded carbon” content in the future and main contractors are increasingly seeking evidence to demonstrate the sustainability credentials of their supply chain. Scrap is an important resource and we should maximise the quantity and quality of recovered aluminium scrap in the UK to build the circular economy of the future.

Benefits of membership

  • Generate higher quality aluminium scrap with increased value compared to mixed scrap
  • Promotion of your sustainability credentials to customers and (for the full scheme) use of the scheme logo
  • Development of the aluminium closed loop recycling value chain
  • Contribution to aluminium recycling data that could be validated for use in third party schemes.

Why we are starting with a pilot project

The focus of this pilot project is to test the scheme at the “start” of the closed loop with systems companies, hardware manufacturers, fabricators, installers and scrap processors.

Once we have demonstrated the concept, it is our intention to roll out the full scheme and bring together the complete value chain.

Membership criteria

Please find below a summary of the pilot scheme membership criteria, broken down by member category.

Membership criteria table
Membership criteria table

An important element of the scheme is the collection of monthly data returns from members. All data will be collected in strict confidence by CAB and should allow us to compile aggregated data that demonstrate the quantity of aluminium recycling in the UK market. A sample proforma to trial the monthly data return process can be downloaded here.

How to join

To join the scheme, please complete the Membership Application Form (pdf or Word versions). Please also find here more detailed information on the scheme criteria. This includes details on how we will process your application. Scheme members will be listed on the special page on the CAB website, alongside a page of FAQs. We require your first monthly data return for your first full month of scheme membership.

If you have any questions on the scheme or would like to discuss any aspect in detail, please call the CAB office.

We hope that, following a successful pilot phase in 2019, we will be able to launch the full scheme, which forms an important part of CAB’s overall strategy. By joining the pilot phase, you should be in pole position to transition into a member of the full scheme.

We look forward to receiving your completed application form.