Aluminium is 100 per cent recyclable. The metal can be melted down and reformed without losing any quality. And the process can be repeated over and over again.
Making aluminium from raw materials is a complex process. However once made the metal can be melted down and reformed without losing any quality. And the process can be repeated over and over again.
Along with the energy savings, recycling aluminium saves around 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to the ‘primary’ production process. Recycling 1 tonne of aluminium saves 9 tonnes of CO2 emissions; So when you consider that 1 tonne of CO2 is equivalent to driving 2800 miles the benefits of recycling really start to become compelling.
Over 90% of the drinks cans sold in the UK are made of aluminium, and when you factor in all the aerosols and foil food trays also on the market, that adds up to over 160,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging that could be recycled. The current recycling rate for drinks cans stands at 60% (2011 figures), and the overall rate for aluminium packaging is 45% – so there’s still some way to go to reach that goal.
The drinks can you recycle today could be made into a new can, filled and put back on the shelf in just six weeks. In a whole year, that one can could be recycled eight times, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans.What can I recycle?