Recycling and the Environment


Wise utilizes scrap for a majority (approximately 70 percent) of its aluminum raw material requirements. Wise uses recycled aluminum cans instead of bauxite ore to manufacture its products.

Used Beverage Cans (UBC's) shreds are shipped into the Wise Element 13 complex, where they are delacquered and put into a remelting furnace. The molten aluminum is shipped to the Wise Alloys casthouse, where 30,000-pound ingots are cast for rolling into what is known as "can sheet" for shipment to our can-making customers like Ball and Crown Cork & Seal.

Used beverage cans are returned to grocers’ shelves as new cans in as little as 45-60 days.

The Environment

Wise Alloys takes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) and Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulations extremely seriously.

Wise recycles and reuses a large portion of its waste. For instance, Wise recycles and then reuses over 1.6 million gallons of oil per year, protecting the environment by creating a continuous loop for the use of the oil it uses in the production of aluminum sheet. Likewise, it also recycles and reuses over 275 thousand gallons of spent solvents per year.

Among the environmental operations at Wise Alloys are:

  • Drinking-water plant
  • Two sanitary treatment plants
  • Oily waste treatment plant
  • Chrome reduction plant
  • End-of-pipe treatment plant