How is aluminum Recycled?
Aluminum is a lightweight, malleable that is metal often used as an alloy. Copper, manganese, magnesium and silicon are the most common aluminum alloys.
Recycling aluminum is very cost effective – the metal is simply separated into categories and then melted down. A sample is drawn from the metal to see if any adjustments need to be made before it is cast. Once this is done, the furnace is tapped and poured into moulds. After cooling, the recycled aluminum is stacked and sold to various industries for re-use.
This whole process requires only 5% of the energy needed to create new aluminum.
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What can recycled aluminum become?
High-performing products like building or automotive parts are often recycled from high-quality aluminum scrap, such as aircraft parts. Aluminum never decreases in strength during the recycling process, so the same piece of scrap aluminum can be recycled over and over, maximizing the environmental savings. Automotive and construction industries are the biggest champions for recycled aluminum – 90% of the aluminum they use comes from recycled product.
Recycled aluminum and the Environment
As it requires far less energy to recycle metals than mine new, recycled aluminum makes a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling aluminum also diverts waste from the landfill.
Common Places to Find Recyclable aluminum
- Aluminum cans
- Auto parts
- Siding and eavestroughs