Updated: Sep 16, 2022
A few facts:
Aluminum and Steel are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly.
Metal recycling is efficient: it only takes 2 months for a can to be recycled and back as a new can on the grocery shelf!
Aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S.
The volume of metal waste sent to landfills still represents around 2% of Municipal Solid Waste, where it would take 200 to 500 years to decompose.
Metals that can be recycled are usually metal and aluminum cans, tins, clean foil…
Don’t forget to empty, rinse and compress all containers!
How does metal recycling work?
Metal is a material that can be recycled easily and continuously.
The metal recycling process consists of the following steps:
Separation: metals are sorted to detect different types of metals from each other
Preparation: metals are often shredded to reduce the energy used during the recycling process and to make each metal a similar density. For example, aluminum is converted into thin sheets.
Melting: metal is transported into a furnace to be exposed to high temperatures and converted to molten metal
Purification and formation: metals released from the furnace can then be purified and shaped for their next purpose. Metals are often formed into bars, blocks or sheets.
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