It takes a lot of energy to make aluminum. Recycling cans save as much as 95% of the energy it takes to make new ones from scratch, it is one of the most efficient materials to reuse and recycle.
How Are Aluminum Cans Recycled?
- All of our Regional Recycling Bottle Depots accept cans for recycling. We also pay full deposit for all refundable beverage containers.
- Our staff sorts and ships them to BDL and Encorp. They audit the amounts using a huge machine that counts 100s of cans per minute.
- A crusher presses the loose cans down into a super dense square block in order to save as much space as possible.
- After shredding the metal blocks into tiny pieces a further refining step removes any remaining contaminants.
- A furnace heated to a whopping 750° Celsius produces molten aluminum from the shreded material.
- They are poured into ingots and rolled into aluminum sheets.
- Then finally, aluminum can makers use these sheets to make new cans.
Did you know an aluminum can is 100% recyclable? It only takes 3 months to go through life cycle. This makes it one of the most recyclable materials in use today.