Recycling one ton of aluminum:
Saves 14,000 kWh of energy
Saves 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil
Saves 237.6 million Btu's of energy
Saves 10 cubic yards of landfill space
Aluminum Recycling Tips
- Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed.
- Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
Did You Know?
- Recycling aluminum takes 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials.
- An aluminum can in a landfill takes decades to decompose, but if it's recycled, it will be back on the shelf in about 90 days.
- Two out of three aluminum cans are recycled in the United States each year.
- The industry is also helping to conserve aluminum resources through a process called light weighting. Fewer materials are used in the aluminum can so fewer resources are extracted. In 1992, the aluminum can weighed 24% less than a can designed in 1972. Where it once took 22 cans to make a pound, it now takes 30 cans to make a pound.
- Aluminum cans and aluminum scrap are recycled into new aluminum products including airplanes, cars, and more soda cans.