Get Your Green On
The benefits of recycling go far beyond just keeping waste out of the landfill. Recycling can also:
- Conserve resources for the future
- Save energy
- Supply valuable raw materials to industry
- Create jobs
- Stimulate the development of greener technologies
- Reduce the need for new landfills and incinerators
You CAN Make a Difference
If you don’t think of your empty soda and food cans as a natural resource, you should. The scrap value of the 36 billion aluminum cans Americans discard in one year alone is about $600 million. And, the environmental savings of recycling metal are enormous. Recycling steel cans saves 74 percent of the energy used to produce them. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to produce them.
America’s Most Recycled Package
In the United States, a staggering 105,784 aluminum cans and 20,000 steel cans are recycled every minute. Completely and endlessly recyclable, metal cans are far and away the nation’s most recycled food and beverage containers.
Good for Your Community
The Can Manufacturers Institute promotes community recycling involvement, sponsors recycling events, and distributes educational materials regarding the importance of environmental awareness. Our list of recycling-oriented programs provides more information about these and other important recycling initiatives.