- There are 29 cans per pound of aluminum, up from 22 in 1972.
- 99% of all beer cans and 97% of all soft drink cans are made of aluminum.
- The average aluminum can in the U.S. contains 40% post-consumer recycled aluminum.
- It requires only 5% as much energy when a can is made of recycled aluminum as compared to virgin ore!
- American consumers and industry throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every 3 months.
- In 1994, 3.1 million tons of aluminum waste was generated: aluminum containers and packaging, such as soft drink and beer cans, contributed 2.1 million tons.
- Aluminum made up 1.5% of the total municipal solid waste stream generated in the U.S. in 1994.
- Approximately 65.5% of aluminum containers were recycled in the U.S. in 1994. The overall rate for aluminum packaging was 55.0%.
- Most aluminum recovered from the waste stream is used to manufacture new cans.
- The lifespan of an aluminum can is 6 weeks on average: that means that the time it takes for a beverage can to be manufactured, filled, sold, recycled and remanufactured is 6 weeks on average.
- We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.
- Aluminum takes 200-500 years to fully degrade in a landfill.
- Recycling Aluminum takes 95% less energy than making Aluminum from raw materials.
- One ton of recycled Aluminum saves. 1663 gallons of oil, 10 cubic yards of landfill space.
- Recycling one Aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
- There is no limit to the amount of times Aluminum can be recycled.
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