Aluminum Recycling

Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the most recycled — and most recyclable — materials on the market today. Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum produced in the U.S. is still in use today. Aluminum can be recycled directly back into itself over and over again in a true closed loop.

The economics of aluminum also contributes to its position as one of the most-recycled metals in the U.S. Unlike many other materials, aluminum more than pays for its own recycling in the consumer and industrial waste stream.

Aluminum producers and recyclers in the aluminum industry work with individuals, communities, and businesses to enable both curbside and industrial recycling programs.

Recycling aluminum saves 90% to 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore according to studies by the Aluminum Association. Example: One pound of aluminum cans if recycled can save about 7 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity.

Common Electronic Items Which Contain Aluminum

  • TVs and Monitors shields …
  • Flat Panel backings from displays and devices …
  • Most electronics have insulated wires inside the metal housing, including laptops, printers, radios, and DVD players. …
  • Desktop towers are a great source for scrapped aluminum heat sinks. …
  • Large Appliances. …
  • Small Appliances …