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Aluminum Trivia
  • Americans throw away about 35 billion aluminum cans every year.
  • Recycling a six-pack of aluminum cans saves the same amount of energy needed to drive a car 5 miles.
  • It would take an empty soda can anywhere from 200 to 500 years to decompose (break apart).
  • The United States produces more aluminum than any other country in the world.
  • Using recycled aluminum cans to produce new cans allows the aluminum can industry to make up to 20 times more cans for the same amount of energy.
  • There’s no limit to the number of times aluminum cans can be melted down and reused. You could be drinking out of a can that might have been part of someone else’s soda can 20 years ago.
  • When you recycle aluminum, you save 95% of the energy you would need to make aluminum from bauxite ore (mineral).
  • Aluminum cans are recycled quickly. Empty aluminum cans are recycled and back on the store shelves in as few as 60 days.
  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a TV for 3 hours, or a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.