Did You Know?
Aluminum cans have amazing strength. Four six-packs (24 cans) can hold a 4,000-pound car.

 

Aluminum is Infinitely Recyclable 

 

The aluminum can is infinitely recyclable – that means it can be used, recycled, and turned back into a new can endlessly. In fact, it can be recycled and back on the store shelf as a new beverage can in less than 60 days! And that’s great for the environment because it takes 95% less energy to make a can from recycled aluminum, than from raw materials. By recycling aluminum cans, we’re also saving valuable space in our landfills.

 

Recycling is also a great way to earn cash too. Aluminum is the most valuable material in the recycling bin. Although by weight it is less than 2% of the USA’s recycled stream, aluminum generates 40% of the revenue to sustain all recycling programs. So by recycling aluminum cans, you can earn cash, while saving the environment too.

 

Aluminum is Sustainable
Because recycling aluminum saves so much energy, this is a huge opportunity for consumers to reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, if we could recover and recycle 75% of aluminum cans —600,000 metric tons of aluminum—we could save 1286 megawatts of generated electricity. That's the amount produced by two coal fired power plants. Replacing this production with recycling would keep 11.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being generated and released into the atmosphere.

 

 

 

How is aluminum re-used by business? 

Material flow analysis in the aluminum industry

Bertram, M., Martchek, K.J., Rombach, G. (2009) Journal of Industrial Ecology, 13 (5), pp. 650-654.

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