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Tips on Recycling Metal

Recycled Metal Facts

Aluminum, steel, and bi-metal materials are collected as part of the residential recycling program.  Generally speaking, aluminum is the most valuable of household recycled materials.  Recycled aluminum cans are used to create new aluminum cans, thereby, saving energy and resources.  One recycled can saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for 3.5 hours (PA DEP).  Using recycled aluminum saves 80% of the total energy consumed when aluminum is produced from scratch (Thoreau Center for Sustainability). 

Steel and bi-metal can also be efficiently recycled into new products.  Canned vegetables, tuna, and soup are usually packaged in recycled and recyclable steel or bi-metal cans.  Even the steel in cars can be reclaimed and used again in new cars.  In fact, most new cars contain at least some recycled steel.

Recycled metal is also used to create folk art.  For example, some craftsmen turn flat vegetable cans into frames for photos.  There are a number of ways that metal can be recycled and reused; it just takes a little creativity to figure out how. 

Did you know?            It takes 500 years for an aluminum can to decompose.

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