Frequently Asked Questions about Aluminum Recycling 


Can I sell used aluminum beverage cans to Alcoa?

Alcoa Recycling purchases used beverage cans (UBCs) and other aluminum scrap for multiple facilities every day! If you’re a recycling dealer and want to sell your scrap, contact Alcoa Recycling and a buyer will be in touch with you. If you are a neighborhood recycler and 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