Where Does It Go?
- International Paper (Salt Lake City, UT): The aluminum is sold locally and recycled into new cans.
- Rocky Mountain (Salt Lake City, UT): The aluminum is usually shipped somewhere in the US and turned into new cans.
- Sutta (Wilmington, CA): The aluminum often doesn't leave Utah. It's sold to companies in the region, such as Coors and Alcoa.
- More than 50% of a new aluminum can is made from recycled aluminum.
- The 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million. Some day we'll be mining our landfills for the resources we've buried.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.
- When you toss out one aluminum can you waste as much energy as if you'd filled the same can half-full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.
- Aluminum cans are recycled into: soda cans, pie plates, license plates, thumbtacks, aluminum foil, and many other items.