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Recycle Utah Tip of the Week

Aluminum cans

Did you know that every three months Americans bury enough aluminum cans in landfills to rebuild our nation’s entire commercial air fleet?

Did you realize that recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours?

Aluminum is made from bauxite, a mineral that is mined in other countries and transported to the U.S. The refining process uses a lot of energy. Electricity "zaps" aluminum powder to remove the oxygen and to create molten metal.

Turning recycled aluminum cans into more aluminum cans takes far less energy. That’s why recycled aluminum is so important.

When you recycle aluminum at Recycle Utah, you’re not only saving energy you are supporting your community recycling center. Recycled aluminum is one of the most profitable commodities Recycle Utah sells.

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So next time you watch TV practice your hook shot and toss your empty cans into your recycling bin. Remember, you don’t need to say goodbye to your used can, just say "see ya later."

Courtesy of Recycle Utah