Monday, August 23, 2010

Five good reasons to recycle aluminium cans

I find it hard to walk past an aluminium can without picking it up for the reasons given below. I hope after reading them you might take aluminium cans you see lying about home for recycling.
  • they are 100% recyclable, and because they remain in one piece when opened, the whole container is recycled
  • 95% less energy is used when making an aluminium can from recycled material compared to raw materials - this represents a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • empty cans are light weight and easily crushed, which means they are easy to take home for recycling when you can't find a recycling bin at the beach or the park
  • they are light weight and compact [compared to glass for example] making them easy and efficient to transport
  • over the past 25 years aluminium cans have become 30% lighter. 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] wieghed 16.05 grams in 1992. By 2005 the aluminium can weighed about 14.7 grams


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