What are the steps involved in recycling aluminum?

  • Recycle used aluminum cans (collect and send to recycling center)
  • cans are cleaned, crushed and made into bales
  • bales are sent to aluminum plant
  • cans are shredded, remelted with new metal and cast into ingots
  • the ingots are rolled out to make aluminum sheets
  • rolls of sheets are shipped to can plants
  • new aluminum cans are made
  • cans are shipped to drink manufacturers
  • transportion of filled cans to retailers
  • cans are sold to customers.

Recycling aluminum requires only 5% of the energy and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions as compared with primary production and reduces the waste going to landfill.