Advantages of Aluminum Recycling

  • Aluminum structures can be lighter than steel structures, resulting in lighter vehicles, which can increase performance and/or operating economy. Aluminum alloys are more corrosion resistant in typical vehicular applications.
  • Every minute of every day, an average of 113,200 aluminum cans are recycled. Used aluminum drink cans can be recycled and back on supermarket shelves as new drink cans in as little as 60 days (or 2 months).
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  • Why recycle? Recycling aluminum cans reduces waste. It also saves energy, conserves natural resources, and cuts down the amount of waste that needs to be buried in landfill sites.
  • Aluminum cans are worth money to collectors. Cash for Cans centers will pay for every kilogram recycled. This is a great way of raising money for your school, Cub or Brownie pack or a favorite charity – or just for you!
  • 20 cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using raw materials.
  • Did you know? Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
  • Recycling aluminum takes 95% less energy than producing it from its raw materials. The recycling process also generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Aluminum can be recycled over and over again without losing any of its properties. It is impossible to tell the difference between recycled or ‘primary’ aluminum.


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  • One of the properties of aluminum is that it melts at a much lower temperature than other metals. So melting down ‘old’ aluminum uses much less energy than the smelting process. It also produces fewer gas emissions, so is much better for the environment.

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