Aluminum is the most abundant metal and the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. Its history has been dated back to 1787 scientists suspected that an unknown metal existed but they had no way of extracting it.
Today, aluminum is one of the most widely used non-ferrous metals in the world. Aluminum is almost always combined and alloyed with other elements and materials to improve or change its characteristics for a particular application. Aluminum can be used for a wide variety of applications ranging from daily household items to transportation, electrical, and construction.
Why recycle aluminum?
When we recycle, an aluminum can, for example, we eliminate the initial steps and the recycled aluminum becomes part of a cycle that can exist and appear over and over again without loss of the aluminum’s properties.
Aluminum recycling is also a profitable business because extracting this metal from aluminum ore is expensive, it can pollute the environment as well as consume a significant amount of energy.
When recycling aluminum, note that this means more than aluminum can be recycled. Here are other examples of aluminum scrap types you can bring to a recycling center:
By recycling just one aluminum, you can save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours. Or it can provide enough energy to power a television for three hours.