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Aluminum recycling by the numbers

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  • 95% of aluminum in buildings is recycled.
  • Nearly three-quarters of all aluminum ever made remains in use today, representing a growing energy and resource bank.
  • Recycling 40 aluminum beverage cans saves the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. If every American recycled just one additional beverage can this year, we would save the equivalent of over 7 million gallons of gas.
  • Every year Americans throw away over $2 billion worth of energy by not recycling cans.
  • Using recycled material for new aluminum beverage cans uses 95% less energy and produces 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than making a can from new materials.
  • An aluminum beverage can, once recycled, can be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days.
  • More than a third of all the aluminum currently produced globally originates from old, traded and new scrap, a trend which is on the increase.
  • Americans earn about $1 billion a year recycling aluminum cans.
  • Aluminum produced from scrap uses only 5% of the energy that producing aluminum from ore does.
  • The aluminum can today is the most recycled of any beverage container.
  • Recycling aluminum cans conserves energy, saves resources, and minimizes consumer and production waste
  • Aluminum cans, alone among the materials commonly found in the consumer waste stream, more than pay for the cost of their own collection and effectively subsidize the recycling of other, less valuable materials.

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