Producing new aluminum cans is an incredibly energy intensive process. By recycling an aluminum can you save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours. Additionally, recycling aluminum to produce a new can only uses 5% of the carbon it would take to make a new can, so you save 95% carbon emissions. Lastly, in some states, you get cash rebates for turning in your used aluminum cans. In some states it can be as much as 10 cents per can.
Recycling is a quick way to repurpose aluminum as an aluminum can be recycled and then back on the shelf in a store holding a new beverage within 60 days!
Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours. On the other hand, throwing away one can wastes as much energy as half of that can’s volume in gasoline.
A little fun fact about aluminum: in 1972, 22 aluminum cans (empty) weighed one pound. Today (in 2007), due to advanced technology and the ability to use less aluminum per can, it now takes 34 aluminum cans to equal a pound.
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