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Life Cycle of a Can

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! It's always fun to celebrate our country's birthday by getting together with family and friends, and need I mention...watching fireworks! If your family likes soda, then you probably found yourself with extra aluminum cans after the festivities. Have you ever wondered what happens to those cans after they're collected with curbside recycling? Well, wonder no more! This metallic tale can be told in 4 easy steps.

 

Step 1- After the cans are collected from curbside bins, they are taken to a recycling facility, like Midwest Fiber, and processed there.

 

Step 2- Then, the cans are baled and ready to transport to the factory.

 

Step 3- At the factory, cans are chopped, melted, and poured into molds.

 

Step 4- The aluminum molds are used to make new products, such as tractor trailers, car bodies, bicycles, and new aluminum cans!

 

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Fun Fact!

 

Not only can aluminum be recycled indefinitely without reducing the quality of the metal; producing new cans from recycled aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to produce cans from ore, known as bauxite.

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Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years.

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