Recycled Metal Facts
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
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.
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.