Alcoa Takes Ownership Stake in Electronic Recyclers International

March 2, 2011

Alcoa Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Anton Joins ERI Board

NEW YORK–Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the world’s leading aluminum producer, announced today
it has become a minority investor in Electronic Recyclers International
(ERI), the largest U.S. recycler of electronics waste. Alcoa Vice
President and Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Anton will also become
a director of ERI.

Consumer electronics represents a fast-growing market for aluminum
because of the metal’s light weight, durability, heat conductivity and
limitless surface finishes. Aluminum content in laptops alone is
expected to increase 30 percent by 2013, from a 2010 baseline. Through
this new partnership, Alcoa will bring its expertise in recycling to the
growing challenge of e-waste, enhancing the role aluminum plays in
making electronics more sustainable.

“We see tremendous opportunity for aluminum in the consumer electronics
market,” Anton said. “This partnership between our two companies
enhances Alcoa’s ability to deliver on its commitment to sustainability
by increasing the recycling of consumer electronics and driving
sustainable practices.

“As the country’s largest e-waste recycler, ERI shares Alcoa’s
commitment to financial success, environmental excellence, and social
responsibility, and I look forward to working with ERI to drive
recycling in the consumer electronics market.”

Alcoa partnered with ERI in 2010 to develop the free Aluminate recycling
app for iPhone, as part of the company’s goal of increasing the
recycling rate of aluminum cans in the U.S. to 75 percent by the year

Alcoa’s investment will help further develop ERI’s industry-leading
recycling technologies and expand its geographic footprint across the
U.S. Anton’s addition to the ERI board will deepen its capacity and
expertise through his background in both finance and sustainability.
Prior to leading Alcoa’s sustainability efforts, Anton served as vice
president, finance and strategy, for Alcoa Global Primary Products and
brings more than 30 years of leadership in the metals and mining
industry to the board.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability,
Alcoa also announced today that it will become an enterprise member of
the Basel Action Network (BAN)’s e-Stewards Certification program, an
organization dedicated to eliminating the disproportionate impact of
trade in toxic chemicals and products on developing countries. ERI was a
founding member of BAN’s e-Stewards Certification program.

“Aluminum’s use in the global consumer electronics market continues to
increase rapidly and we are honored to partner with Alcoa, a leader in
the industry,” said John S. Shegerian, ERI’s co-founder, chairman and
CEO. “This partnership will allow us to continue expanding and improving
our operations while keeping pace with the ever-growing demand for
sustainable solutions to electronic waste.”

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and
fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and
refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at

About Electronic Recyclers International (ERI)

Now the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world,
Fresno-headquartered Electronic Recyclers International handles over 120
million pounds of waste annually at six locations around the country in
California, Washington, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts and Texas. It
has the United States’ largest electronic waste shredding capacity and
recycles the largest volume of electronics from U.S. retailers and
manufacturers, including Best Buy and Samsung. It leads the U.S. in
compliance around data destruction and in environmental stewardship,
with 100 percent of its recyclable metals broken into commodities and
sent straight to the smelter. ERI’s website is also
the number one recycling search engine in the U.S. For more information
about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit

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