Aluminum Can >The development of the can originated around the early 1800s. However, the use of aluminum in beverage containers did not debut until 1965. The aluminum can is the most valuable beverage container to recycle. By doing so, its recycling provides environmental and economic benefits to communities and organizations across the country.
Facts About Aluminum Recycling
Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth.
More than 50 percent of the aluminum cans produced is recycled.
A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days.
Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal: Two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today.
Every minute, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled.
Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials.
Twenty recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television for three hours.
Tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline.
In 1972, 1 pound of aluminum cans was equivalent to about 22 empty cans. Due to advanced technology using less material and increasing the durability of aluminum cans, as of 2002, 1 pound of aluminum cans is equivalent to about 34 empty cans.
The average employee consumes 2.5 beverages each day while at work.
An empty aluminum can is worth about one cent.
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