Our company is committed to environmental awareness and aluminium recycling practices. Aluminium off cuts & by-products are either re-used or re-sold onto the appropriate outside industries. Up to 30% of G. James extrusions produced is made from recycled aluminium. Recycled aluminium billet requires approx. 90% less power to produce than primary aluminium billet. In addition, energy costs required to recycle aluminium is only 7% of what plastic recycling costs. Available aluminium ‘swarf’ (or saw shavings) is compressed in-house to form solid aluminium ‘pucks’ which are then recycled by a third party.
All new production plants are installed with energy saving lamps, fixtures and daylight switches. These measures achieve the same brightness for 30% less power. Existing plants are in the process of having these installed.
G. James commissioned factories are fitted with ‘high-bay’ windows and (roof ) light sheets to maximise the entry of natural daylight limiting the need for artificial lighting.
Extrusion ageing ovens and the aluminium remelt furnace have been recently been upgraded to operate on less energy.
Our new surface finishing plant utilizes 50% less water than previously through the use of counter-flow rinsing systems and flow meters.
Cooling towers, located within G. James' own finishing plants, operate lower than the Department of Natural Resources & Mines (formerly known as EPA) water consumption guidelines.
All water used in the aluminium pre-treatment process (done prior to powder coating) is collected, deionized and purified for re-use.
Water used in our glass processing activities, such as polishing, grinding, drilling etc., is cleaned and recycled back into the glass factory.