Recycling & Sustainability
Metal cans are produced with abundant and recycled materials, minimizing the depletion of natural resources. Steel and aluminum cans are the nation’s most recycled food and beverage containers. 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. The result of all that recycling? Less pollution, reduced costs and a steady supply of resources for years to come—the very definition of sustainability.
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.
Beverage Can Sustainability Benefits
The Can Manufacturers Institute, the Glass Packaging Institute, and National Association for PET Container Resources are helping deposit states make clear to their residents that the deposit system is still in place and this document gives recommendations for what deposit state residents should consider doing with their beverage containers during this crisis so that they do not go to the landfill.