Rio Tinto Alcan's Vaudreuil alumina refinery is awarded the highest distinction from Recyc-Québec

MONTREAL, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan's Vaudreuil alumina refinery in Saguenay has received Ici on recycle! Level 3 certification from Recyc-Québec.

The Level 3 performance certificate is the highest distinction awarded by this public corporation within the framework of this programme, in recognition of the efforts made by facilities to manage waste in exemplary fashion. The Vaudreuil facility had to meet a number of requirements to achieve this nomination.

"The Vaudreuil facility is the first Rio Tinto Alcan plant to receive this certification for actions leading to the source reduction, reuse, recycling, and re-appropriation of waste," Gervais Jacques, chief operating officer Atlantic, Bauxite and Alumina, Rio Tinto Alcan. "This is the latest in a series of measures that demonstrate the long-term commitment of the Vaudreuil plant to sustainable development."

In January 2009, the Vaudreuil plant decided to implement a source segregation project in its seven production centres and five support and service centres.

"This is an important project for us. Thanks to the continueed commitment of its employees, the plant has achieved an exceptional waste segregation and recovery standard," said Guy Gaudreault, manager of the Vaudreuil plant. "Today, the various actions implemented at the plant allow upgrading nearly 95 % of the waste generated. Any unrecoverable end-waste is sent to a subcontractor responsible for maximising the final contents."

These initiatives are part of the plant's overall environmental protection plan aiming to significantly reduce its ecological footprint through eco-responsible actions that also focus on health and safety.

Located in Jonquière, the Vaudreuil facility is the largest producer of inorganic chemicals in Canada, with a yearly production in the range of 1.5 million tonnes of alumina and specialty chemical products. Most of the alumina produced is metal-grade alumina used in primary aluminium manufacturing.

The Vaudreuil refinery is also a world leader in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN

For further information:

Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations 
Bryan Tucker
Tel.: +1 514 848 8151
bryan.tucker@riotinto.com
Media relations, 
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Claudine Gagnon
T: +1 418 699 4005
claudine.gagnon@riotinto.com
   
Website: www.riotintoalcan.com

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