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Every minute of every day over 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled in
the U.S. (11)

Recycling aluminum results in 95% less air pollution and 97% less water
pollution than producing aluminum from natural resources. (9)

Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy that would be required to
mine bauxite ore and extract alumina; the raw materials needed to
manufacture aluminum. (49)

For each pound of aluminum recycled, you eliminate the need to mine
four pounds of bauxite ore. (48)

Recycling 1 ton of aluminum saves the equivalent in energy of 2,350
gallons of gasoline. This is equivalent to the amount of electricity
used by the typical home over a period of 10 years. (28)

One recycled aluminum can saves enough electricity to operate a TV for
3 hours. (55)

Using recycled aluminum beverage cans to produce new cans allows the
aluminum can industry to make up to 20 times more cans for the same
amount of energy. (11)

Americans discard enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial air
fleet every 3 months. (2)

The aluminum beverage can returns to the grocer's shelf as a new,
filled can in as little as 90 days after collection, re-melting,
rolling, manufacturing and distribution. Consumers could purchase the
same recycled aluminum can from a grocer's shelf every 13 weeks or 4
times a year. (11)

It's estimated that since 1972 some 13 million tons of aluminum cans
have been recycled in the U.S. These 534.7 billion aluminum cans placed
end-to-end could stretch to the moon some 170 times. (11)

The average American family recycles 150 six packs of aluminum cans a
year. (1)

Used aluminum cans are melted down into ingots that can weigh as much
as 30,000 tons. That's enough aluminum to make 1.6 million cans. (38)

When introduced in the early 1960's, 1,000 aluminum beverage cans
weighed about 55 lbs. Today, through improved design, 1,000 aluminum
beverage cans weigh less than 35 lbs. This is a significant reduction
in raw material use and in waste to be recycled. (38)

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aluminum
cans represent less than 1% of the nation's solid waste stream. (11)

Recycling has created an estimated 30,000 jobs since 1970. In 1985, an
estimated 2 million aluminum can collectors earned over 200 million
dollars for their recycling efforts. (3)

To make a ton of aluminum from raw materials, we have to treat and
dispose of 3,290 lbs. of red mud, 2,900 lbs. of carbon dioxide, 81 lbs.
of air pollutants and 789 lbs. of solid wastes. (5)