Council for Aluminium in Building

New Closed Loop Recycling Scheme – Join Now!

Following the successful pilot phase, we are delighted to announce the launch of the full CAB Closed Loop Recycling  (CLR)Scheme . This scheme is open to members of CAB and is part of your membership package. The CLR Scheme was outlined in  a Members’ launch webinar on Thursday 2 July 2020. A library of all the relevant forms and documentation for the Scheme is at the foot of this page.

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. 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 “embodied 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.

A total of 3,300 tonnes of aluminium recycling was reported by the pilot project during 2019. We are targeting 6,000 tonnes of recycling to be reported in 2020.

Benefits of membership

  • sorting and separation of higher quality aluminium scrap with increased value compared to scrap containing mixed alloy grades
  • development of the aluminium closed loop recycling value chain
  • contribution to industry-wide aluminium recycling data
  • promotion of your sustainability credentials to customers and use of the scheme logo.

Membership criteria

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

* UKAS accredited certification body or equivalent
** Factory Production Control

Please find here more detailed information on the scheme membership criteria.

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.

How to join

To join the scheme, CAB members need to complete the Membership Application Form. Please contact us if you require a word version to complete electronically. Please also find here more detailed information on the scheme membership 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.

CLR Documents Library

Please find below a complete summary of all the relevant CLR Scheme forms and documentation.

  1. Membership Application Form
  2. Environmental Policy
  3. Detailed Scheme Criteria
  4. Monthly Return Proforma
  5. Style Guide
  6. Claims Guide
  7. Complaints Mechanisms
  8. FAQs

Should you have further questions or wish to submit an application please contact jessica.dean@c-a-b.org.uk.