Aluminium is in everything from the cars we drive to the crisp cold cans that contain the soda we drink. It also happens to be the most recycled material in the world. 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today due to its durability and the fact that it can be recycle infinitely.
Aluminum is also the most economical of materials to recycle. Unlike most metals, aluminum is able to more than pay for its own recycling efforts! Because the demand for aluminium skyrockets in this day and age through the use of the metal in transportation, structure, and packaging, recycling aluminum saves more than 90% of the energy required versus producing new raw metal.
The Cold Can Facts!
- Because of its infinite recyclability - aluminum is the most valuable material in your recycling bin.
- Nearly $1 billion worth of aluminum cans are thrown away every year, wasting in landfills.
- Every year the Aluminum Industry pays out 800 million dollars for recycled cans. The U.S. industry can recycling rate is approximately 67 percent, thus nearly a billion dollars of recycling profit can be gained.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on an iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.
Did You Know?!
During WWII, aluminum foil was so vital to the defense effort that families were encouraged to save strips of foil. In many towns, the foil balls could be exchanged for a free entry to a movie theater. Government-sponsored posters, ads, radio shows, and pamphlet campaigns urged Americans to contribute to scrap drives.