· The aluminum can is the most valuable container to recycle and highest consumer recycling rate in the U.S.
· Each year, the aluminum industry pays out more than $800 million dollars for empty aluminum cans — that’s a lot of money that can go to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, 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. The can remains the most recyclable of all materials.
· 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.
· Recycling aluminum cans saves precious natural resources, energy, time and money.
· Aluminum cans are unique: Within 60 days, a can is recycled, turned into a new can and back on store shelves.
· Aluminum is a sustainable metal and can be recycled over and over again.
· In 2007, 54 billion cans were recycled, saving the energy equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil – America’s entire gas consumption for one day.
Disadvantages of Recycling Aluminum
o One of the biggest disadvantages of recycling aluminum is its need to be separated from steel, plastic, and other debris.
o When aluminum is continually recycled it loses it quality. So a product made with new aluminum will be of higher quality than the recycled product.
o The Sorting is time consuming and costs money. There are high energy costs in reprocessing and transporting materials.