Aluminium recycling - A/U/F
The aim of A/U/F (Aluminium and the Environment in Window and Façade Construction) is to promote the sustainable disposal and processing of dismantled building components / profiles from aluminium windows, doors and façades for the purpose of reusing the material. Members of A/U/F, to which Schüco also belongs, include system houses, manufacturers, fabricators and suppliers from all over Germany. A/U/F deals with the responsible recycling of disused aluminium window profiles, which are almost 100% recyclable. To recycle the old profiles, they are shredded, cleaned and melted down. The advantage is that processing old aluminium only requires approximately 5% of the energy that would be needed to produce primary aluminium. This is another argument in favour of the cost-effectiveness of this process. The sustainability of aluminium systems is therefore comparable with that of other materials. The figures speak for themselves - 75% of the aluminium produced since 1888 is still in use today. The quality of the processed aluminium is no different to that of the original material and there are no restrictions to its use for new profiles.