Saving the Planet One Can at a Time

When recycling first became a way to save planet Earth, there seemed to be a lot of excitement and total community support for cleanup projects and reducing waste. The blue boxes, iconic arrow symbol, and the recycling machine that would spit out nickels for your soda cans don`t seem to carry as much enthusiasm. Despite the ongoing work of Byram Township recycling companies to help reduce scrap metal waste, there needs to be a new push to involve the public in saving the planet.

Recycling Aluminum Cans

The statistics on aluminum can use suggests that American drink an average of one beverage a day from a tin can. However, only 49% of the drinks consumed see the cans returned to a recycling center. Since the can is 100% recyclable, there is tremendous wasted energy and resources in the production of a beverage. By recycling cans, the industry could reduce the energy needed to manufacture additional cans. One recycled can save enough energy to power your television for three hours. The whole time from consumption to recycling to remanufacturing is about 60 days. With almost 10,000 recycling center located across the country, Americans can redeem their used cans for cash and take a portion of $1 billion a year industry that relies on recycled cans. Here is a typical day in the life of a can.

A can it put into recycling either through a bin or a recycling center and transported to a processing facility. A giant magnet is used to lift out cans that have other metals in their composition, while the aluminum cans travel down a conveyor to be gathered. The aluminum is then shredded, thorough washed, and transformed into aluminum chops that are melted in a large furnace. The molten aluminum is poured into molds where they are transported to a factory for processing.  

Even though it a small thing, a can has the potential to save the planet. It doesn`t take much work, and it is something everyone can be a part of.