Aluminum recycling is one of the most efficient ways to recycle, using only 5% of the energy required to make new aluminum. Each year nearly 1 billion dollars worth of aluminum is buried in our dumps, costing tax payers money when aluminum recycling is easy and pays. Over 200 million aluminum cans that could be recycled are disposed of each day.
Why is aluminum can recycling so important? Because it saves lots of energy. Today, aluminum can recycling saves about 11.5 billion kilowatt-hours, enough electricity to power a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years. A savings of $1,380,000,000. Making aluminum cans from recycled aluminum scrap takes only four percent of the energy, one-third kWh. Recycling just four aluminum cans saves as much energy as a cup of gasoline. This is also why aluminum has such a high scrap value. It is cheaper than mining new aluminum.
Also, think of all the extra pollution caused by mining, processing, and forming raw aluminum. Aluminum must be extracted from bauxite ore, a more tedious process than melting down scrap aluminum. 95% of energy and air pollution is saved by recycling as well as a ton of space in our landfills.
Do your part to help the environment, and make yourself a few extra bucks!!