Aluminum Recycling Facts

Your Aluminum Coca Cola can that you drop into the recycling container is recycled-and-back on the market for it's next sale-in as little as 60 days. Now that's speedy service!

Aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., so keep drinking the 7-UP and Coke.  Many people are not aware that they can recycle different types of Aluminum. Will you be replacing your Aluminum siding on your home?  You can recycle all of the old Aluminum that will be replaced.  Before you bring your used Aluminum siding to the recycling center- don't  forget to add any gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture to the pile of recycling. As long as the product is completely Aluminum, it can be recycled.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

Here are some facts you may not know about Aluminum:

1. Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.

2. An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

3. There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can be recycled.

4. We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.

5. At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!

6. A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!

I found these facts eye opening and will continue to modify my lifestyle to reduce my Carbon footprint.  


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