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4 reasons why you should recycle aluminium

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4 reasons why you should recycle aluminium

Recycling is very important to sustainable development. It allows resources to be saved and waste to be reduced. Photo: Hydro

Recycling is a virtue for many reasons. It saves energy, emissions and natural resources – and recovers value that should never end on a landfill.

The world’s most recycled metal? Aluminium.

Because it is very easy to remelt – again and again, without loss of quality. Because remelting only requires 5 % of the energy it takes to producing it the first time. And because the metal itself has great value.

These four numbers will probably convince you, once and for all, of the value of recycling:

75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use

In the US, one third of all the aluminium used in products come from recycled material

In Brazil, more than 98% of all beverage cans in aluminium is recycled every year – an impressing world record, especially considering there is no national deposit system

The energy you save by recycling a single aluminium beverage can will run a TV for three hours

Aluminium scrap is ready to be remelted and used again and again

Used aluminium can be endlessly recycled without loss in quality. Picture from our remelter plant in Clervaux, Luxembourg. Photo: Dag Jenssen

So when aluminium in cans, cars, aircrafts, buildings, bicycles, computers, cookware or power lines has fulfilled its mission, the metal can be returned, remelted and processed again to get a new life in a new can or a car or a bike.

No wonder why the slogan of aluminium is: “I’ll be back”.

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