Frequently Asked Questions about Aluminum Recycling
Can I sell used aluminum beverage cans to Alcoa?
Alcoa purchases used beverage cans (UBCs) through Evermore – a company jointly created by Alcoa and Novelis. If you’re a recycle dealer and want to sell your UBCs, contact Evermore by visiting their website at www.evermorerecycling.com. Your friendly neighborhood recycler: If you don't have access to curbside recycling, or if you want to get money for your aluminum, search for your nearest recycler.
What if my community doesn't have curbside recycling?
It may take a little extra effort to recycle aluminum if your community doesn't pick it up at the curb. Your best bet is to locate a local recycling center. The plus side is that you'll get paid for your trouble! Here's a good web site for locating recycling centers.
Are can tabs better to recycle than cans?
No. Often local charities encourage communities to collect can tabs and donate them for various causes. This is a great way to engage a community, and the tabs are fun and easy to collect. But their value is no different to a recycler than the rest of the can. It's all the same aluminum. For the sake of the environment, when you're collecting tabs, don't forget to recycle the rest of the can!
How are cans recycled?
Aluminum cans are fully recycled in as little as 60 days.
How Aluminum Cans are Made
The Cycle of Can Recycling