Aluminum is amongst the most environmentally friendly metals on the planet. On a percentage basis, it is the most recycled of any industrial metal. Of the more than 1 billion tons of aluminum ever produced, roughly 75% of the versatile and lightweight metal is still in use today thanks to recycling.
- Recycling aluminum into new products saves 95% of the energy required to produce virgin aluminum; the recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours, or a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hours
- 4 pounds of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled
- Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and does not lose its properties no matter how many times it is recycled
- Recycled aluminum requires much less energy than producing primary aluminum. As a result, the recycling process generates 95% less emissions, such as greenhouse gases, eliminating at least 90 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere every year
- Recycling aluminum helps conserve and preserve the environment
- Over the long term, even larger national savings are made when the reduction in the capital costs associated with landfills, mines and international shipping of raw aluminum is considered
- Recycling of post-consumer aluminum now saves an estimated 84 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the annual emissions from 15 million cars. Since its inception, the recycling of post-consumer aluminum scrap has already avoided over one billion metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.
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