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Norwegian recycling company Norsk Resirk has signed an agreement to recycle cans at Hydro’s recycling facility in Holmestrand.

The deal will allow Norsk Resirk a shorter and more environmentally friendly transport distance for its more than 6,200t of aluminium annually. The company carries out recycling operations in France at present.

Norsk Resirk CEO Kjell Olav Maldum said: "We are pleased that Hydro wants to recycle for us. This means that our deposit and collection system will be even more environmentally friendly."

Norsk Resirk has also announced plans to build a new recycling facility for plastic bottles in the Heia industrial area of Fetsund.

The company noted that all cans and bottles with a return for deposit label will soon get new lives at plants in the country as a result of the new deal with Hydro.

Hydro president and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg said that recycling uses only 5% of the energy needed to produce new metal.

"Aluminium can be recycled over and over again with no loss in quality," Brandtzæg added.

Hydro recycles around 60,000t of aluminium annually in Holmestrand, including car parts, printing plates and drink cans. The metal it produces in Norway is made with renewable water power.

Both companies plan to work together to increase the recovery of aluminium and find environmentally friendly transport solutions.

Image: Norsk Resirk CEO Kjell Olav Maldum and Hydro president and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg. Photo: courtesy of Øyvind Breivik.