Aluminum cans distinguish themselves as the most recycled and most recyclable beverage container in the world. An awesome 105,784 cans are recycled every minute nationwide.
Used aluminum cans are recycled and returned to a store shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days. That means a consumer could purchase basically the same recycled aluminum can from a retailer's shelf nearly every 9 weeks or 6 times a year.
Americans earn about $1 billion a year recycling aluminum cans. A used aluminum can returned to a recycling center is worth about a penny to consumer recyclers.
Recycling aluminum diverted 1.7 billion pounds from landfills.
America recycled enough aluminum cans last year to stretch to the moon and back 8 times. Thats 3,821,680 miles, 242,141,644,800 inches, and assuming each can is 5 inches, thats roughly 48,428,328,960 cans.
Approximately 1.23 tons of bauxite is used for each ton of aluminum. Guinea and Australia are the top two bauxite reserves in the world.
This amount of oil could keep the average car running for approx. 1,247,250 miles.
This amount of landfill could fill up about 5.5 large pick-up trucks.
An average American household uses 14,000kWh per year.