Did you know that Americans throw away nearly $1 billion dollars worth of aluminum cans every year?
Just think of all those cans that are thrown away. It takes anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years for aluminum to break down. That means aluminum that is thrown away into landfills just sits there.
Aluminum is the most valuable and is the most recyclable of all materials. According to the The Aluminum Association, “Nearly 75% of all aluminum produced in the U.S. is still in use today. Aluminum can be recycled directly back into itself over and over again in a true closed loop.”
Recycling aluminum is a good environmental and economical choice. Demand for aluminum is still high, and recycling aluminum saves more than 90% of the energy required than producing new material.
Products that are made from aluminum and aluminum alloys include: cans, foils, mirrors, kitchen utensil, parts of airplanes, and even rockets.
The Aluminum Association teamed up with astronaut Dan Tani and they are working together to show how automakers have used aluminum to develop stronger, safer, more green, and more durable vehicles.
According to the study from the video, aluminum cars have a 20% reduction in total energy consumption compared to steel cars. Aluminum can be recycled over and over, so aluminum components can be recovered and reused.
Love your Earth by continuing the reuse of aluminum through recycling.