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Open-File Report 2010–1256

The Global Flow of Aluminum From 2006 Through 2025

By W.D. Menzie, JJ Barry, D.I. Bleiwas, E.L. Bray, T.G. Goonan, and Grecia Matos

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This report presents results of an investigation of the global flow of materials related to the production and use of aluminum in 2006 and makes projections to 2025. The report was prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Environmental Policy Committee’s Working Group on Waste Prevention and Recycling. The report addresses the major resource flows and effects of those flows and provides insights on the life cycle of aluminum; it does not address policy issues related to the production and use of aluminum.

First posted October 2010

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William D. Menzie
U.S. Geological Survey
991 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:
Menzie, W.D., Barry, JJ, Bleiwas, D.I., Bray, E.L., Goonan, T.G., and Matos, Grecia, 2010, The global flow of aluminum from 2006 through 2025: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1256, 73 p., available at

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