The U.S. recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans has reached its highest level in a decade, with 58.1% of all cans recycled last year – a rate that is more than double that of any other beverage container, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
Nearly 56 billion aluminum cans were recycled in 2010, leading to a used beverage container (UBC) recycling rate of 58.1% – the highest in 11 years. Because it takes 95% less energy to produce a can from recycled material, the high recycling rate also resulted in significant energy savings. The amount of energy saved just from recycling cans in 2010 is equal to the energy equivalent of 17 million barrels of crude oil, or nearly two days of all U.S. oil imports.
Aluminum beverage cans are unique in that they can be infinitely recycled back into new cans, keeping waste out of landfills and providing a significant amount of the material to make new cans. Indeed aluminum cans not only have the highest recycling rate of all beverage packages, they also have the greatest amount of recycled content – by far – at 68%.
Read the full article about the aluminum can at The Aluminum Association.