Are glass bottles better for the environment than aluminum cans?



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    “About 45 percent of aluminum cans are recycled, versus a mere 25 percent for glass bottles. And most aluminum cans have more recycled material than glass bottles.” However, while it may be easier to recycle aluminum, it also takes more energy to obtain and manufacture. “Bauxite mines, which produce the raw ore for aluminum, have also been involved in environmental controversies.” Perhaps this all depends on the type of recycling programs available in your area. If your area has a strong glass recycling program, then go for glass but when in doubt, go for aluminum. It may take more to produce but at least it is recycled more easily.

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