Aluminium products are a fantastic resource. Aluminium is the most abundant metal resource on the planet and makes up around 8% of the Earth’s crust. It is now the most commonly available of all non-ferrous metals. It is incredibly easily available, but that does not make it any less impressive. Aluminium has incredible strength at a very low weight; for example, it is three times lighter than steel.
Aluminium is infinitely recyclable. Since aluminium is 100 percent recyclable, we endeavor to use more recycled aluminium. This reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 95% compared to primary aluminium.
Additionally, it remains largely unchanged no matter how many times it is processed and used. Therefore, it can be considered as a material with permanent characteristics. One that is not consumed, but used repeatedly, without the loss of its key properties.
These properties include:
- Easily machined and cast.
- Lightweight yet durable.
- Non-magnetic and non-sparking.
- Good heat and electrical conductor.
Aluminium can be recycled without degradation. This makes the material incredibly durable. The long-life cycle makes aluminium a very robust type of metal. Countless years will pass before the material even begins to reach the end of its life.
Why is aluminium recycled the most?
- Recycling aluminium saves more than 90 percent of the energy needed to make new aluminium.
Aluminium is one of the most environmentally friendly metals on the planet and can be recycled infinitely to make the same product. Therefore, it’s considered one of the most valuable items in your recycling bin, and ultimately the most recyclable industrial material.
Should I crush aluminium cans for recycling?
Recyclers have always been told to crush their aluminium cans. For those can recyclers who are part of a multiple-stream recycling program (sorting your cans in separate bins), crushing is perfectly fine. But if all your recycling is thrown into one bin, keep your cans intact.
What is one of the most recycled aluminium products?
Since aluminium is 100 percent recyclable, we strive to use more recycled aluminium. This reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 95 percent, compared to primary aluminium. Currently, more than half of the aluminium used in Hydro’s production is recycled.
In 2018, the total recycling rate of aluminium containers and packaging, which includes beverage containers, food containers, foil, and other aluminium packaging, was 34.9 percent. Within this number, the most recycled category of aluminum was beer and soft drink cans, at 50.4 percent (0.67 million tons). (epa.gov)
Aluminium cans contain more than 3x the recycled content of glass or plastic bottles.
How aluminium is impacting companies
- Making products out of used aluminium is now a way for companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Apple to show a commitment to greener manufacturing