Jan23
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Around The World In 60 Days: Life Story Of An Aluminum Can

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The average life cycle of a human being from a birth to a death is 60 years and the life cycle of an aluminum can from mining to recycling is 60 days.

The life of aluminum can starts in tropical and sub-tropical countries like Australia, Central and South America, Africa and Asia where are major bauxite ore deposits are located, but before bauxite can be converted to aluminum it has to go through the infancy stage where it is called alumina. After processing, alumina or aluminum oxide looks like a fine grained white powder, just like baby powder.

What happens when baby touches electric current? Most likely baby will get an electric shock. In the case of aluminum electrical energy is necessary part of its production.  Usually, aluminum is extracted from alumina by electrolysis in smelting plants of China, North America, Europe, and Asia.

rusacanJust like any other teenager In North America and Western Europe aluminum likes rock-and-roll. It is rolled in a shape of sheet and foil and used for making beverage cans, foil containers and foil wrapping.

An adult person is responsible enough to make own choices and decisions, and for aluminum it is the time when it formed into products. Aluminium has a unique combination of properties that enables designers and manufacturers to develop different products that enhance the quality of life.

The retiring age is a time to think about past and future from a life-long perspective. For an aluminum can it is time to think about the energy saving potential of recycling the aluminum after the product has been used.

In conclusion, a used aluminum can is valuable, because it can be easily recycled, without quality loss, six times a year without loss of properties. Aluminium recycling conserves energy and other natural resources. It saves up to 95% of the energy required for primary aluminium production, thereby avoiding corresponding emissions, including greenhouse gases. Global aluminum recycling rates for beverage cans is about 60%, however, it could be increased further.

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Nov18
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How many aluminum cans equal 1 pound?

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14525_cansIt takes approximately 31 empty aluminum cans to equal 1 pound. As of 2014, the average weight of an empty aluminum can is 14.9 grams.

One pound is equal to 453.592 grams. In order to determine the number of cans required to add up to 1 pound, it is necessary to divide the number of grams in a pound by the weight of an individual can. The quotient is equal to 30.442, meaning that it is necessary to round up to the nearest whole number which is 31.

How much does an average aluminium can weigh today?

The weight of aluminum cans can vary and has changed over time. According to the Australian Aluminum Council, the average can weighed 16.55 grams in 1992. In 2001, the average weight decreased to the weight that is the average as of 2014.

Today, aluminium cans are about 30% lighter than they were 25 years ago. Thinner, stronger sections are now being used with less metal, less energy and more savings in weight.  An average aluminium can (without its contents, of course) weighed 16.55 grams in 1992. By 2001 the aluminium can weighed about 14.9 grams. Aluminium beverage cans come in different shapes and sizes. The standard volume is 375 ml.

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Apr01
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Aluminum Recycling Interesting Facts

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  • Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth.
  • Over 50 percent of the aluminum cans produced are recycled.
  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.
  • Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal: two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is in use today.
  • Every minute of every day, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled.
  • Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy; 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.
  • Recycling one aluminum saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television
  • for three hours.
  • In 2005, 54 billion cans were recycled saving energy equivalent to 15 million barrels of crude oil – America’s entire gas consumption for one day.
  • Tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline.
  • In 1972, 24,000 metric tons of aluminum used beverage containers (UBCs) were recycled. In 1998, the amount increased to over 879,000 metric tons.
  • In 1972, it took about 22 empty aluminum cans to weigh one pound. Due to advanced technology to use less material and increase durability of aluminum cans, in 2002 it took about 34 empty aluminum cans to weigh one pound.
  • While at work, the average employee consumes 2.5 beverages a day

 

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Feb18
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Happy National Tin Can Day!

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As you know, there are various awareness campaigns throughout the year – everything from National Zero Waste Week (hurrah) to Vegan week to Aids awareness days. But did you know that February 19th is National Tin Can Day? It might seem a little silly to have a day in praise of the tin can, but look at how it’s increased our ability to preserve foods and where would a University student be without a tin of baked beans in their kitchen cupboard?

Tin cans

Tin cans used for food storage are usually made of tin coated steel or aluminium however, some of the early cans were sealed with lead soldering, which funnily enough, resulted in lead poisoning. The tin can was first patented in 1810. Apparently, Napoleon offered a prize for a successful method of preserving food for his armies who were getting weak due to lack of food.

Can openers

If lead poisoning isn’t enough to make the effort seem less than worthwhile, the first can opener wasn’t designed until 50 years after the first tin cans were manufactured! Back in the good old days you had to use knives, chisels or even rocks to puncture your tin and reach the delicious contents.

1 million cans a day

When the first tin cans were produced in the US, the best craftsmen could produce up to 60 can a day. Nowadays, production lines are manufacturing over one million cans per day.

Tin can recycling

Steel and aluminium cans are one of the easiest materials to recycle. Many local authorities collect them from curb sides or provide bring banks for recycling and it’s really worth the effort to recycle as many as you are able.

Metal recycling

Metals, unlike many other materials such as paper, can be recycled indefinitely without loosing any of their properties. Not only that, but the processes used to mine bauxite to make aluminium products uses a large amount of energy and corrodes the earth.  According to Tuft’s University, the mining of bauxite destroys more of the earth’s surface than the mining of any other ore.

Aluminium recycling

Recycling aluminium on the other hand, requires only 5% of the energy and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions compared to primary production plus it reduces waste going to landfill. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely, as reprocessing does not damage its structure. Aluminium is also the most cost-effective material to recycle.

Steel

Steel is mined from an ore which is stripped in a blast furnace to reduce it to pig iron that can then be used in steel production. Each household uses approximately 600 steel cans per year and just one recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.

Can recycling

  • 51,000 tonnes of aluminium ends up as packaging in the US each year.
  • If all cans in the United States were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • $49,075,200.00 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.

Recycle your cans

So there we go – the use of tin cans for food storage has made our food cupboards unrecognisable from 150 years ago. Remember that next time you tuck into some backed beans or a delightful tin of Spam and remember to recycle your cans too!

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