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There is more to the aluminum beverage can than meets the eye. Get detailed facts and figures about sustainability, recycling, consumer preferences, innovation, economic impacts and more.

Aluminum beverage cans are sustainable.

  • Cans are 100% endlessly recyclable. They can be recycled again and again without loss of strength or quality.
  • Recycling reduces energy use, CO2 emissions, and decreases virgin material usage.
  • Each can recycled substantially reduces the environmental footprint of the next can.
  • Recycled cans are back on store shelves in as little as 60 days.
  • The 67% recycling rate and 70% total average recycled content rate for aluminum beverage cans are higher than all other beverage containers in the U.S.
  • Using recycled material in new aluminum beverage cans uses 95% less energy and emits 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing cans from virgin materials.
  • Americans could save $3 billion worth of energy each year by recycling cans.
  • Cans help subsidize municipal recycling because the per pound scrap value for aluminum is higher than anything else in a recycling bin.
  • Recycling ensures energy efficiency and a steady supply of the material necessary to make containers, and the high value of scrap metal is a financial benefit of reusing cans.
  • Cans are a smart and responsible solution to the ever-increasing consumer demand for green products and packaging.
  • Recycling cans is a simple way to reduce one’s carbon footprint and become an environmental role model.


Aluminum beverage cans provide many environmental benefits.

  • The carbon footprint for aluminum cans has been reduced 44% over a 17 year period.
  • Energy used to make aluminum cans has been reduced 30% over a 17 year period.
  • The aluminum can has a 68 % total recycled content, the highest of any beverage package material.
  • GHG emissions associated with producing 1,000 12 ounce beverage cans are approximately 129.1 kilograms, which is equal to the emissions of .025 cars per year.
  • Of the total carbon footprint for beverage cans, about 19% is associated with the can manufacturing process (versus aluminum production and recycling UBCs).
  • Can manufacturing (including the impacts of direct and indirect emissions) accounts for approximately 24.6 kilograms of GHG per 1,000 12 ounce cans, which is equal to the emissions from 2.8 gallons of gasoline.

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