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. Every year Americans send 45 billion aluminum cans to the landfill. That’s the equivalent of eleven 12-packs per person. The scrap value of all of these cans is enormous--$800 million. In addition to the economic loss, it’s a missed opportunity for significant environmental savings. Making a steel food can from recycled material involves using 75 percent energy less than making a new steel food can from virgin material. Similarly, the energy savings from making an aluminum beverage can is more than 90 percent compared to making a new aluminum beverage can from virgin material.
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.