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[GreenYes] Aluminum Recycling
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Ben Randolph
The Online Encyclopedia of American Silver Marks

Americans Recycle 2 Of 3 Aluminum Cans
Aluminum Can Recycling Rate Is 62.1 Percent For 2000

Washington, D.C., April 19, 2001 -Americans recycled 62. 6 billion aluminum
cans in 2000, for a beverage can recycling rate of 62.1 percent or nearly
two of every three aluminum cans.

The annual statistics were released today by the three organizations
representing the aluminum can recycling industry: The Aluminum Association;
the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI); and the Institute of Scrap Recycling
Industries (ISRI).

"While the aluminum can is still the leader in packaging recycling, and has
been for more than 20 years, our member companies are on a mission to
increase consumer interest in recycling," said Dick Kerr, chairman of the
association and president of IMCO Recycling Inc.

"The demand for aluminum cans remains strong and the industry remains
committed to recycling every can returned," said Robert Budway, president of
the Can Manufacturers Institute. "The closed-loop process of turning a can
into a can with no loss in quality represents recycling at its finest." In
the United States, 100.8 billion cans were produced in 2000, with 62.6
billion aluminum cans recycled-some 1.9 billion pounds.

"The recycling infrastructure is so efficient that it can take as few as 60
days for an aluminum can to be collected, melted, processed, manufactured
into a new can, filled, and stocked on a retailer's shelf," said Robin
Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries." Recycling
also is energy efficient. Aluminum can recycling saves about 95 percent of
the energy required to produce aluminum from ore."

Aluminum cans almost exclusively represent the metal beverage can market in
America. The average aluminum beverage can is comprised of more than 51
percent recycled content.

Aluminum cans are the most valuable and recyclable package. In 2000, the
industry paid out $1.2 billion to recyclers for their used aluminum beverage
cans. The recycling proceeds are invested into local economies benefiting
individuals, municipalities, schools, churches, scout troops and non-profit

For many groups, used aluminum cans turn into new-found money thanks to
aluminum can industry initiatives. Initiatives include the Aluminum
Association's partnership with Habitat for Humanity called "Aluminum Cans
Build Habitat for Humanity Homes," designed to boost public interest in
aluminum can recycling while helping volunteers and families build homes
with Habitat; and CMI's "Cans for Cash," a comprehensive recycling
fundraising and educational program involving thousands of students and
community groups nationwide.

In 2000, the number of cans manufactured per pound of aluminum rose slightly
to 33.12. The can industry continues its source-reduction achievement in the
form of "lightweighting"-making more aluminum cans with less
aluminum-resulting in a ten percent savings in the number of cans per pound
in just six years when 30.13 cans equaled a pound.

To view the Tables for the April 2001 Used Beverage Can recycling report,
click here.

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