Facts About Aluminum Recycling

  • Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth
  • According to the EPA, 50.7 percent of aluminum were recycled in 2009
  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 day
  • Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal: Two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today
  • Every minute, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled
  • Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials
  • Twenty recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television for three hours
  • Tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline
  • In 1972, 1 pound of aluminum cans was equivalent to about 22 empty cans. Due to advanced technology using less material and increasing the durability of aluminum cans, as of 2002, 1 pound of aluminum cans is equivalent to about 34 empty cans
  • The average employee consumes 2.5 beverages each day while at work
  • An empty aluminum can is worth about one cent