In case you were whether or not it’s worth the trouble to carry cans to the recycling pickup, check out these words from the Ohio Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention:
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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The U.S. government spent a total of $25.35 million, or $253 per ton, on the artificial reefing of four ships in the past eight years, the report states.
By contrast, the cost of recycling retired vessels for metals recovery in these same years was an average $67 per ton, which would have meant a savings to the U.S. taxpayer of $21.5 million had the vessels been recycled. [And complete recovery of toxic materials, which cannot be removed totally without disassembling the vessels.]