Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of six ounces of gasoline. In 2000, Americans recycled 54.8 million aluminum cans, saving the energy equivalent of 2.58 billion gallons of gasoline. Had we recycled the other 46 billion cans we used that year, we could have saved another 2.15 billion gallons of gas. [That’s because it takes about 1/10th of the energy to recycle aluminum that it does to smelt it from bauxite ore.]
• The energy saved by recycling one aluminum can is enough to run a television for three hours.
• In three months, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet.
• Americans threw away half a million tons of aluminum last year, worth nearly $800 million.
• The energy needed to replace the aluminum cans discarded in the United States each year could power a city the size of Atlanta for a year.
You don’t have to do any special prep, either. Just rinse ’em and throw ’em into the bin.
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