When it comes to adopting a recycling program, whether at home or in the office, one of the easiest places to start is with aluminum cans. Aluminum cans are everywhere! Not only are they common in both homes and commercial settings, they tend to get tossed in the garbage on a daily basis. This is most unfortunate since it takes more energy to mine and produce aluminum than any other metal.
If you are ready to do your part in preventing such unnecessary waste, start recycling aluminum cans with these great tips!
Where to Find Aluminum
There are several types of cans made from aluminum metal. The ones you are likely to have laying around include soup cans, vegetable cans, cans of pet food, and the ever-so-popular soda cans. Over 200 billion cans are produced each year and bought in large quantities all over the nation. However, only two-thirds of that number are recycled. As mentioned, it takes more energy to mine and produce aluminum than any other metal, making its preservation critical to preserving our natural resources and abating harmful emissions that pollute our air, land, and water.
Although it seems so simple to just recycle, thousands of Americans are accustomed to throwing garbage in the garbage. But it is important to understand that aluminum cans are not trash; they are valuable treasure that can be melted down, reprocessed, and repurposed over and over again. This saves an abundant amount of energy each year and reduces the need to mine raw bauxite ore. It even reduces air pollution!
How to Recycling Aluminum
If you want to join the initiative of preserving our Earth’s natural resources by recycling metal, start with aluminum since it is the most available and prevalent. Whether at home or the office, designate a separate receptacle or box for recyclable cans. Be sure to label it for aluminum only, or notify your family that the receptacle if for only aluminum. Once this area is assigned and labeled, it is a great help to pass out a flyer at work to further notify and promote the aluminum recycling initiative. Include where the receptacle is located and what days it is picked up.
As for home, start at the beginning of the month and collect all aluminum cans and items you use or find on a daily basis. Sodas, soup, foil, and more are all recyclable aluminum items. Collect these items all month long, then take your bulk collection to a local drop-off station or recycling company. Some even pay cash by the pound! One pound equals out to about 32 cans. The amount of money paid for aluminum cans depends on current market prices for metal. To be sure a can is made from aluminum, place a magnet on it. If it sticks, it is most likely steel. If it doesn’t stick, you’re in business!