Keeping beverage cans out of landfills

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Each year beverage cans (otherwise known as aluminum cans) are produced by the millions worldwide. Canning beverages began in the 1930’s after the success with canning food. Like canned foods, beverage cans are also lined with a plastic liner to help ensure the longevity of the product. Beverage cans are easy to transport and they are cheap. Various sizes for beverage cans are used throughout the world. For example, the standard size in the United States is 12 US FL oz. Beverage cans in the United States are made of aluminum while in Europe and Asia they are made of both aluminum and steel. Now that we have covered the basics of beverage cans, what else is important to know about them?

Beverage cans are one of the most cost effective materials to recycle. For example, producing new metals requires a lot of electricity.  Recycling on the other hand is cheaper and more environmentally friendly because you are using less electricity due to the fact you aren’t using new material. So how can you recycle your cans? Start by collecting your beverage cans in a container or bag. Some people use can crushers so as to make more space. It is also helpful to rinse out your beverage can before collecting it. There are many collection sites that will take your cans. Some places will even pay you for the cans you bring in. The cans you bring in will most likely be remade into new beverage cans. Or you can reuse your beverage cans for decorations, crafts or art projects at home. So the next time you buy an aluminum can, consider what you can do with it and how you can keep it out of the landfill.

For more information on recycling, please visit http://www.gundersenenvision.org/recycling

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