CENTER FOR ASUSTAINABLE ALUMINUM INDUSTRYA Sloan Industry Center Aluminum Can Recycling in Fayette County:Partnership Between Industry, University, Public Schools and Community Presented by: Dr. S. Das July 19th 2005 A Sloan Industry Center Project Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry University of Kentucky Fayette County Public Schools Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Commonwealth of Kentucky- Economic Development Cabinet Baker Iron & Metal Co. Wise Alloys LLC. Anheuser Busch Clark Distributing Co.
Sloan Industry Center- Synergy of Partnership Clark Distributing Co.
Sloan Foundation Industry Centers • TheAlfred P. Sloan Foundation • Established in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. • A Sampling of Sloan Industry Centers: • Harvard • Textile and Apparel Research • MIT • International Motor Vehicle • Georgia Tech • Paper Business • Carnegie Mellon • Steel
Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry (CSAI) • Founded in Jan. 2005 • Funded by several sources: • Sloan Foundation Industry Centers Program • A consortium of Aluminum Producers • The Commonwealth of Kentucky • The University of Kentucky • Have about $800,000 in funding for research over the next three years. • Faculty in Economics, Business and Engineering are members of CSAI
CSAI Research Areas • Finding ways to enhance recycling rates is one of the major focus areas. • The current project will study the aluminum recycling trends in Fayette County, KY. • Fayette County will be the first “recycling test lab” in the nation. • Incorporate “economic development” concepts into environmental benefits to appeal to both “sandals and suits”.
Why Aluminum Beverage Can? 1% change in recycling rate has an economic impact of approximately $12 million Trashed cans contribute about $294 million to the nation’s trade deficit each year National Aluminum Beverage Can Recycling Rate Trends. (Source: Aluminum Association)
Commodities Shipped from LFUCG Recycling Center (06/01/04 to 04/15/05, 10 months) (Source: James Carter, Manager LFUCG Recycling Center)
Initiatives Underway Industry and Government • Work with LFUCG, Baker Iron & Metals and Wise Alloys to track monthly aluminum can recovery in Fayette County. • Work with beverage can distributors (Anheuser Busch, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Clark Distributing Co.-Coors, Miller) to track number of aluminum cans sold in Fayette County. • Track the true recycling rate in Fayette County.
Fayette County Public Schools and University • Work with Fayette County Public School Systems to promote awareness and recyclability of aluminum cans. • Work with University of Kentucky to enhance the recycling rate among the 18-29 years old demographics. • Integrating recycling messages into UK 101 classes. • Locate and increase the numbers of recycle bins throughout UK. • Working with fraternities and sororities to get them involved in the recycling efforts as part of their civic duties. • Target special events such as football games as opportunity to collect cans.
Planned Path Forward • LFUCG will fund a waste composition characterization study in targeted areas and demographics in Fayette County. • Bring “national best practices” to the county. • Use Fayette County as the nation’s first “recycling test laboratory”.
Recycling as an Economic Development Initiatives • Kentucky has one of the largest concentration of aluminum facilities in the US. • Recycling of aluminum beverage can is crucial in sustaining Kentucky’s aluminum industry. • Most of Kentucky’s aluminum facilities rely on secondary (recycled) aluminum. • Increasing recycling rate will grow existing jobs and bring high paying, knowledge based jobs and modern aluminum plants to Kentucky.