Facts On Metals

Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum from raw materials. Energy saved from recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years. (Keep America Beautiful, 2006)

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours. (EPA, 2008)

Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch. That means you can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one can out of new material. Energy savings in 1993 alone were enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years.

Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.

Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to produce them.

Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day.

Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nation’s automakers on a continuous basis.

A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution and mining wastes by about 70%.

When you toss out one aluminum can you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the same can half-full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.

ALUMINUM CANS

More than 50% of a new aluminum can is made from recycled aluminum.

The 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million. (Some day we’ll be mining our landfills for the resources we’ve buried.)

STEEL

The steel industry’s annual recycling saves the equivalent energy to electrically power about 18 million households for a year. Every time a ton of steel is recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1000 pounds of coal and 40 pounds of limestone is preserved.

Every day Americans use enough steel and tin cans to make a steel pipe running from Los Angeles to New York… and back.

If we only recycle one-tenth of the cans we now throw away, we’d save about 3.2 billion of them every year.

The average American throws out about 61 lbs. of tin cans every month.

About 70% of all metal used just once and is discarded. The remaining 30% is recycled. After 5 cycles, one-fourth of 1% of the metal remains in circulation.

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