03 Mar Recycling Aluminum
Today’s Green Tip
Harvesting Aluminum Cans
Did you know, aluminum is 100% recyclable? Maybe the most recyclable metal there is.
Aluminum is one of the only materials in the consumer and industrial waste stream that more than pays for its own recycling. This recycling process propels business activity rapidly. Aluminum cans return from the recycling bin to the store over and over again in a true closed loop that recycles in as little as 60 days.
WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?
Beverage cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans, aluminum foil, and cookware
WHY IT WANTS TO BE RECYCLED
Aluminum is infinitely recyclable. Recycling a can takes just 5% of the energy and emits a mere 5% of the greenhouse gases that making one from scratch does.
HOW TO RECYCLE IT
Look for curbside, school, work, or public space recycling bins, or bring aluminum to local recycling drop-off or buy-back centers. In some states, beverage cans have a deposit refund and can be returned to the store where they were purchased.
WHAT DOES RECYCLED ALUMINUM BECOME?
Aluminum’s recycling journey begins when it is collected, crushed, and cut into chips that are fed into a furnace to remove paint and coatings. The chips are then melted and formed into the blocks called ingots. The aluminum blocks are rolled into sheets which are sent to manufacturers to make new cans. One of these blocks contains enough aluminum to make 1.3 million new cans (which have an average of 68% recycled content). A can’s journey from the recycling bin back to store shelves takes less than 60 days.