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7 interesting bits of environmental trivia

By: Shea Gunther on Jan. 26, 2012, 7:14 a.m.
an aluminum can sitting on a mountain

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An aluminum can can be collected, recycled and turned back into a new can in no time

We've established that aluminum is really easy to recycle. Americans currently recycle a little more than half of all aluminum cans manufactured every year, a process that only takes 5 percent of the energy needed to make raw aluminum. Unlike plastic, which is degraded in quality every time it's recycled, aluminum can be reused indefinitely. This efficiency has built an infrastructure that can take a can dropped in a recycle bin and recycle it back into a new can on store shelves in less than two months.