WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Drinks cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans, aluminium foil, and cookware.
WHY RECYCLE IT?
Aluminium is infinitely recyclable. Recycling prevents the need to extract raw materials, saves significant amounts of energy and keeps greenhouse gas emissions from being generated. Recycling a can takes only 5% of the energy and emits only 5% of the greenhouse gases as producing a can from raw material.
HOW TO RECYCLE IT?
Roadside, school, work, or public space recycling bins, or at local recycling area or in some areas buy-back centers. In some countries, drinks cans are returnable to the retail outlet or other redemption center for a refund on the deposit paid when the drink was purchased.
WHAT DOES RECYCLED ALUMINIUM BECOME?
Recycled aluminium is refined and melted into ingots – which are very large blocks of metal. Aluminium’s recycling journey begins when it is collected, crushed and then cut into chips that are fed into a furnace to remove paint and coatings. The chips are then melted and formed into the blocks of aluminium. The aluminium blocks are rolled into sheets which are sent to manufacturers to make new cans. One of these blocks contains enough aluminium to make 1.3 million new cans. A can’s journey from the recycling bin through the recycling process and back to store shelves takes less than 60 days. Today’s aluminium cans have an average of 68% recycled content.