Largest aluminium recycling plant (by capacity)
Novelis Nachterstedt facility
400,000 tonne(s)/metric ton(s)
Deutschland (Nachterstedt)

Officially opened in October 2014, the world's largest aluminium recycling plant is situated in the town of Nachterstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and is operated by Novelis (headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA). It can process 400,000 tonnes (441,000 US tons) of aluminium scrap annually. This saves around 3.7 million tonnes (4 million US tons) of CO2 emissions compared with the use of virgin aluminium.

The recycling plant cost approximately $258 m (£161 m; €205 m) to construct and has a footprint of 60,000 m2 (645,850 sq ft). It includes two parallel processing lines: one specifically for beverage cans and one for varied aluminium scrap. It produces around 55 ingots - each weighing around 25 tonnes (27.5 US tons) and measuring 12 m (39 ft) long - from scrap aluminium per day.

Novelis uses the facility to produce materials for its “evercan”, a beverage container made of 90% recycled aluminum.