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Benefits of Aluminum Recycling

Aluminum recycling provides many environmental, economic and community benefits to individuals, communities, organizations,
companies and industries.

Environmental Benefits of Aluminum Recycling

- Recycling aluminum cans saves precious natural resources, energy, time and money - all for a good cause - helping out the earth,
  as well as the economy and local communities.
- Aluminum cans are unique in that in 60 days a can is recycled, turned into a new can & back on store shelves. 
- Aluminum is a sustainable metal and can be recycled over and over again. 
- In 2003, 54 billion cans were recycled, saving the energy equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil - America’s entire gas consumption
  for one day.

Economic Benefits of Aluminum Recycling

- The aluminum can is the most valuable container to recycle and is the most recycled consumer product in the U.S. today. 
- Each year, the aluminum industry pays out over $800 million dollars for empty aluminum cans - that’s a lot of money that can go to
  organizations, like the Boy or Girl Scouts of America, or even a local school. 
- Money earned from recycling cans helps people help themselves and their communities. Recycling helps build new homes, pays for
  a group trip, supports a project or buys a lunch! 
- Today it is cheaper, faster and more energy-efficient to recycle aluminum than ever before. The aluminum can is 100 percent recyclable
   and can be recycled indefinitely.
- Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car
  components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled. 
- Aluminum has a high market value and continues to provide an economic incentive to recycle. When aluminum cans  are recycled
  curbside, they help pay for community services.

Interesting Facts About Aluminum Recycling

- Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth.
- Over 50 percent of the aluminum cans produced are 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 in use today.
- Every minute of every day, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled.
- Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy; 20 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.
- In 2005, 54 billion cans were recycled saving energy equivalent to 15 million barrels of crude oil –  America’s entire gas consumption
  for one day.
- Tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline.
- In 1972, 24,000 metric tons of aluminum used beverage containers (UBCs) were recycled. In 1998, the amount increased to over
  879,000 metric tons.
- In 1972, it took about 22 empty aluminum cans to weigh one pound. Due to advanced technology to use less material and increase
  durability of aluminum cans, in 2002 it took about 34 empty aluminum cans to weigh one pound.
- While at work, the average employee consumes 2.5 beverages a day
 
Source: The Aluminum Association, www.aluminum.org

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