24 Jan '12, 9pm

Small Changes: Making new aluminum cans from used ones takes 95% less energy than using virgin materials

Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth According to the EPA, 50.7 percent of aluminum were recycled in 2009 A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 day Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal: Two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today Every minute, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials Twenty recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television for three hours Tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline In 1972, 1 pound of aluminum cans was equiva...

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