Specification for Supply

Novelis Recycling UK

Please make sure you understand our specification for supply to ensure that your load will be accepted at one of our Aggregation Centres.

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Specification for aluminium material

Used Beverage Cans (UBCs)

UBCs must be magnetically sorted before baling/briquetting to remove all steel cans and should be free of all contaminants, such as: steel, lead, iron, plastics, sand, paper, glass, foil, dirt, grease – or any other foreign substance.


We will only accept depressurised aluminium aerosols, evenly mixed with UBCs, up to a maximum 2% by weight.

The amount of aerosols contained in each delivery will be strictly monitored. To ensure your load is not rejected, please ensure that deliveries containing aerosols comply with the following terms:

Specification for densified material

The density of the bales and biscuits produced should be checked by using the following formula:

Bale, Biscuit or Briquette Weight
Length (m) x width (m) x height (m)s

A ‘bale’ is a low density, relatively large-sized block of cans, typically produced by a paper-baling machine.

A biscuit / briquette is densified UBC scrap in a relatively high density, small-sized block. It should be a uniform size.

The bulk density is required to be in the range of:

Sizes Of Baled Material


Biscuits / Briquettes


Biscuits and briquettes must be strapped together to form bundles. Bundle height must not exceed 1.50m high.

Bundles may be strapped without using pallets, in such a way to leave channels for forks. This method should only be used with biscuits / briquettes of a uniform size.

For biscuits / briquettes which vary in size all bundles should be solid (i.e. no channels)

Maximum bundle size ranges are:


If you use pallets, they should be in good condition (ie unbroken), large enough and strong enough to accommodate the load placed upon them.

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