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Aluminum Recycling Interesting Facts
- 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.