Aluminum is one of the most sustainable metals in the world. It can be recycled again and again, and in fact, a can is generally turned into a new can back on store shelves within 60 days.
In our never-ending effort to leave the Earth better than we found it, PSC Metals encourages recycling by paying top price for aluminum cans. We pay cash on the spot on a per-pound basis, subject to relevant scrap metal laws, with no price difference between crushed and non-crushed cans.
Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to make aluminum cans from virgin ore.
In 1972, 53 million pounds of aluminum cans were recycled. Today, that amount is exceeded by 1,612 million pounds.
Aluminum cans distinguish themselves as the most recycled and most recyclable beverage container in the world. An awesome 105,784 cans are recycled every minute nationwide.
For each pound of aluminum recovered, Americans save the energy resources needed to generate about 7.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity. That's enough energy saved each year by recycling aluminum to meet the lighting needs of a city the size of Pittsburgh, PA for six years.
Beverage containers represent less than 20 percent of the materials collected in curbside recycling programs and they generate up to 70 percent of total scrap value.
Aluminum cans are the most valuable commodity to curbside programs helping to pay for the collection of other containers.
It's estimated that since 1972 some 18.7 million tons of aluminum have been recycled. These 1,099 billion aluminum cans placed end-to-end could stretch to the moon and back some 174 times.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
Recycling aluminum creates 97% less water pollution than producing new metal from ore.