This Tuesday, November 14th was “America Recycles Day,” spearheaded by The Aluminum Association. Praising the material the Association said, “Aluminum’s recyclability and durability means that 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.” As one of the most recycled materials on the planet- it is also one of the most energy efficient to recycle. In fact it only “requires only 5% of the energy and saves 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production.”
Aluminum cans are highly recycled “with 58.1% of aluminum cans recycled in 2010” in the US. But The Aluminum Association is looking to raise that figure to 75%. This year’s theme, “recycle today and always,” was meant to encourage consumers to always consider recycling a priority when using said containers. Amazingly, “recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours,” so we should all take their message to heart. And it seems like people are when you look around, suggested Heidi Brock, President of the Aluminum Association.
“The great thing for me is to see someone cross the street to use a recycle bin instead of tossing the can in the trash container next to them. Or when I see a recycling bin that’s larger than the trash bin,” said Brock. “That’s how we know we are getting the message out and people are listening. We are all in this together.”
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