The earth is getting warmer which is causing problems. We are becoming more and more aware that the earth does not possess unlimited resources. In the case of aluminum capsules, the aluminum can be reused. Most organizations feel the way we do about the importance of recycling aluminum.
In the past 10 years more than 20,000,000,000 Nespresso® capsules have been produced. That's right, 20 Billion, with a B. Stacked end to end that would circle the globe at the equator more than 15 times.
* One hundred percent of a recycled aluminum can ends up as another aluminum can in as little as 60 days.
* An aluminum can has no limit to the number of times it can be recycled.
* Aluminum is the most recyclable of all materials: it is four times more valuable than other recycled consumer materials.
* Throwing away a single aluminum can is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline.
* Americans throw away enough aluminum cans to rebuild an entire commercial air fleet every three months. Simple actions can mean big results.
* Only about 5 percent of the energy required to produce primary aluminum ingot is needed to produce recycled aluminum ingot.
* Recycled aluminum requires only about 10 percent of the capital equipment compared with primary aluminum.
* In 2006, Americans recycled 51.9 billion aluminum cans. Those cans, placed end-to-end, could make 142 circles around the earth at its equator!
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- It takes energy to make aluminum from scratch. Infact, it takes 95% more energy to make aluminum from bauxite ore than to recycle old aluminum into new.
- Aluminum beverage cans are getting lighter. Twenty years ago, a pound of aluminum made about twenty cans. Today, a pound of aluminum makes approximately thirty cans.
- The energy you save by recycling a single aluminum can will run a TV for three hours.
- The thickness of the side of an aluminum can is about the same as that of a human hair.
- It takes about 400 years for aluminum to break down naturally. That Coke can you just drank from will probably still look about the same in another century or two.
- With all the industries that use aluminum—in manufacturing, in packaging, in cars and airplanes—the industry that uses the most aluminum is the beverage industry.
- In 2004, Americans recycled enough aluminum to build thirteen aircraft carriers.
- Every three months, Americans discard enough aluminum to completely rebuild every single commercial airplane in America.
- Approximately 350,000 aluminum cans are made in a minute.
- Aluminum can be recycled over and over without breaking down. In theory, we have an inexhaustible supply of it in circulation right now. If we recycled all our aluminum, we’d never have to make more.
- The average American discarded fourteen and a half pounds of aluminum just from packaging last year—and almost three pounds of aluminum foil. That’s not even counting aluminum cans.
- Most people don’t realize how strong a metal aluminum is. Four six packs can support the weight of a 4,000-lb. aluminum car.
- Aluminum has a phenomenally high melting point—1,220ºF, to be exact.
- A long time ago, aluminum was a much more valuable metal than gold or silver.
- The aluminum in one single soda can is worth about a cent. Americans threw away millions of cans last year. The American government could pay off a significant portion of its debt with a few years’ worth of aluminum cans.
- Four pounds of raw bauxite ore is saved for every pound of aluminum that is reclaimed in the recycling process.
- The aluminum Americans throw away each year is enough to provide the auto industry with all the raw material it needs to build a year’s worth of new cars.
- Because our landfills are so full of aluminum cans, some landfills incinerate extra aluminum. This isn’t just a huge waste; it also pours toxic metals and gases into the atmosphere.
- Aluminum is valuable. It’s still very much in demand, and recycled aluminum is just as useful and desirable as new. In fact, aluminum is the only recyclable material that depots can recoup their recycling costs with.
- Making aluminum from bauxite ore is a dirty process—and burning it is even worse. By doubling our aluminum recycling rate, we could cut a million tons of pollutants per year out of the atmosphere.
- Recycling aluminum isn’t just about collecting cans. You can also recycle old siding, aluminum foil, and even the gutters on your roof. Most recycling depots that take cans will also take these materials.
- Every part of the can is reusable—you don’t have to prepare it in any way, other than to rinse it out.
- In 1996, aluminum manufacturers saved enough energy by recycling aluminum instead of creating it from bauxite ore to power a city the size of Pittsburg for six years or so.
- Aluminum recycles in no time at all. When you send a can to a recycling depot, it’s processed, recycled, and back on the shelf again in about a month.
- There’s no downside to recycling aluminum: it’s fast, it pays for itself, and it’s great for the environment.