Dedicated to Sustainable Practices
Golden Aluminum is dedicated to using sustainable practices in its operations. From our day-to-day business, to the community in which we work, our company is committed to integrating new ways to be more efficient in our practices; thereby reducing our impact on the environment. Although we are a small aluminum company by comparison, we like to believe we can do big things to change the way our industry does business by reducing our own carbon footprint.
We take a proactive approach to sustainable business practices, and have implemented several programs to improve our environmental footprint. Following are a few of the ways we incorporate sustainability into every component of our business.
Reduce Waste & Save Energy
Americans go through more than 1 million pounds of aluminum every day. The great thing about aluminum products is that they are made for 100% recycling. That means every piece of aluminum you recycle can be reused.
When you recycle, you are not only reducing waste, you are also saving the energy it takes to make a brand-new aluminum product. In as little as 60 days, your recycled can reappears on the shelf as a brand-new container.
How We Do It
Read about our ongoing commitment to use less energy, water and materials to produce our products in our sustainability section.
Our proprietary Infinity Alloy Family is made of between 60 to 100 recycled beverage cans.
The cores used by Golden Aluminum are made of 100% recycled material.
In 2014 we recycled 10 million pounds of beverage containers, the equivalent of 320 million aluminum cans. 30 to 50% of our production uses recycled aluminum for its raw material.
Golden Block Caster
Golden Aluminum's Golden Block Caster is the most efficient method of producing Aluminum in the World. It uses 80% less energy than nearly all other mills worldwide dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Continuous Casting Technology
This technology is energy efficient with greater flexibility than the standard aluminum industry sheet technology. Golden Aluminum is the only aluminum facility that uses continuous casting technology, the Golden Block Caster. This cuts our energy use in the production process, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
12 of our 14 shippers participate in the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel-efficient transportation options. The Smart Way brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. All of EPA SmartWay transportation programs result in significant, measurable air quality and/or greenhouse gas improvements while maintaining or improving current levels of other emissions and pollutants.
35% of all pallets that are used in our plant are recycled. Pallets unable to be reused are turned into mulch for landscaping.
Our lights are managed by motion detectors and only come on when employees are working in that room. When we leave a room, the lights go out saving 3,000 kilowatts in energy usage each year.