Monday, April 28, 2014

This Week's Trivia: Aluminum (including Tin Cans)

Let's talk about aluminum. What is aluminum?
Aluminium (or aluminum) is a chemical element in the boron group with symbol Al and atomic number 13. It is a silvery white, soft, ductile metal. (Source: Wikipedia)

 In what products can we find aluminum?
  • tin cans
  • pans
  • sinks
  • jars
  • aluminum foils
  • chairs, etc.

Is aluminum biodegradable and recyclable? 

Biodegradable, no. Recyclable, yes.
In fact, recycling aluminum can give great impacts in life, such as: 
  • Reducing air and water pollution.
    Recycling aluminum gives us 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution compared to making aluminum from natural resources.
  • Saving energy.
    Recycle one aluminum can and save electricity needed for operating TV for approximately 3 hours.
  • Creating jobs.
    About 30,000 jobs have been created since 1970. In 1985, about 2 million aluminum can collectors earned more than $200 million by recycling.
  • Increasing productivity.
    Recycling beverage cans allows industry to produce 20 times more cans using the same amount of energy.

Are there other interesting facts about aluminum?

As a matter of fact, yes.

  • More than 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled in the US every minute.
  • An average American family recycles 150 six packs of aluminum cans in a year.
  • It's fast to recycle aluminum cans. The whole recycling process including collection, re-melting, rolling, manufacturing and distributing can be done in 90 days.

Happy recycling!

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