Scrap Aluminum Recycling

scrap aluminum recycling

Aluminium is the most plentiful metal on earth, and probably the one with the most applications in use. It is a lightweight and durable metal for all applications. It sustainability makes it one of the most recycled material on earth. One common product made out from this metal is the beverage can.

The aluminium drinking can is the most recycled packaging container in the world. The average beverage can is made up of four different alloys in its structure: the can body, the can end, the ring pull and the rivet that is attached to the ring pull. The average drinking can contains about 50% post consumer recycled aluminium.

How does recycling cans made out of the ductile and malleable metal make up the recycling industry? In what way can it benefit us?

Conserving Energy

  • Recycling cans out from used ones take 95% less energy than manufacturing one new can out from virgin aluminium core.
  • Over 65% of the drinking cans produced are recycled. Well, in every minute of the day, an average of 113,200 drinking cans mad out of this metal are recycled.
  • Tossing away one can wastes great amount of energy. Recycling one drinking can helps save enough energy that is needed to run your television for three hours or light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
  • Recycling one can helps save enough energy that is equivalent to 15 million barrels of crude oil.

Protecting our Nature

  • When you recycle 1kg of aluminium, you hale save 8kg of bauxite (aluminium core), 14 Kilowatts of power supply and 4kg of chemical products. It takes five tonnes of bauxite to produce one tone of drinking cans.
  • You help reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, cut down coal consumption required to generate electricity, and cut down fuel consumption need to transport the metal and various materials for production.
  • In the long run, you also help reduce air pollution.

Process in Recycling

You could be asking yourself what happens to the auminium cans that you put out for recycling. Well, we all know they will be remade into new products, but how? All we need to know is to learn about the recycling process:

  • Separation – After they are collected, the drinking cans are taken to the recycling facility where they will be pushed on to a conveyor belt.
  • Baling – Next, the can are squashed in to bales (big blocks). They are transported to a processing plant where they will be fed into furnaces.
  • Melting – The bales of squashed cans will be heated to turn into a liquid state. They are then casted into ingots. They will be delivered to rolling mills to be milled and be remade into new products.

In Australia, drinking cans have been recycled for many years. The Aussies recycle 70% of the aluminium cans, totaling almost two billion cans annually. Australia happens to produce 6% of the world production in aluminium.

Many companies in Australia, like AlloyWorx, make quality products out of recycled aluminium. This proves many industries know about the benefits of recycling. In this way, they contribute their share to environment conservation.