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Your Family Recycling Initiative: How Aluminum Recycling Benefits Everyone

According to the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, this nation generated around 1.9 million tons of aluminum packaging in 2012. Nearly all of this packaging was for some type of consumable beverage. Although aluminum is easily recycled, approximately 45 percent of this packaging winds up in landfills. How can recycling aluminum benefit your family as well as the global community?

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1. Savings at the Pump

Did you know that aluminum is one of the primary metals used in automobile production? As cars have become lighter and more efficient, aluminum is being used more and more in automobiles. This lightweight metal makes it possible to drive a vehicle farther using less fuel. Since 75 percent of the aluminum ever mined is still in use, chances are your recycled aluminum could end up in a car of the future.

2. Recycling Creates Jobs

While recycling is good for the earth, it is also good for the economy. According to the EPA, the recycling industry employs more than 1.1 million people nationwide. When families recycle, more jobs are created. This is especially true of aluminum, which is one of the most efficient recyclables.

3. Eco-Friendly Fundraisers

Each year, $800 million in funds is paid by the aluminum industry for recycled aluminum cans. These funds often go to not-for-profit organizations such as schools, churches and charity organizations. By learning about recycling fundraising opportunities in your community, you can support your own favorite charity or non-profit organization while doing your part to care for the environment.

4. Saving Energy

Energy savings impact families in a variety of different ways. The energy savings from recycling a single aluminum can could power an incandescent light bulb for about four hours, according to the EPA. Saving that much power turns into savings at the supermarket and other places when families are able to purchase products made from or packaged in that recycled aluminum.

5. Keeping Communities Clean and Beautiful

In addition to saving energy and money by recycling, families that recycle aluminum are helping to keep their communities as well as the global community beautiful. One ton of recycled aluminum saves 10 cubic yards of landfill space. Landfills are ugly sources of pollution that can destroy the beauty of a neighborhood.

There are plenty of reasons to recycle, and many different materials can be recycled. Aluminum is one of the easiest post-consumer products to recycle, and families that recycle aluminum will certainly reap the benefits.

Information Credit to Federal Metals Inc, a Calgary Aluminum Recycling Company.

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