How many times can aluminum (like in cans, for example) be recycled?
A. Over and over.
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Strange but true—aluminum has no limit to the number of times it can be recycled. In fact, according to the Aluminum Association, aluminum is the most recyclable of all materials.
According to Earth911, cans as we know them were developed around the early 1800s. However, the use of cans as beverage containers didn’t happen until 1965. Since then, we’ve discovered that recycling aluminum has many benefits, including:
Fast turnaround. One hundred percent of recycled aluminum ends up as another aluminum can in as few as 60 days.
Energy saved. Tossing a can into a landfill is the equivalent of dumping six ounces of gasoline onto the sidewalk.
Keeping clean. Recycling cans keeps them from being littered, thrown in landfills or incinerated.
It pays. Many states have cash-for-cans programs, and charities—including Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America—collect and recycle cans to earn money for local programs.
Recycling cans is easy! According to the National Recycling Coalition, about half of all Americans now have curbside collection programs, and workplace recycling programs and public drop-off centers make it easier to recycle cans than ever before. Don’t have curbside collection? Use Earth911’s easy web tool to find recycling centers near you.
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