Flattened Aluminum to be Recycled
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You've probably seen this at least once or twice. Some person in a restaurant - maybe even someone you know - starts collecting the pull-tabs of all the soft drink cans everyone around her is consuming.
She may even be putting the tabs in a plastic probably containing hundreds of these already. Someone (or maybe even you) ask her why she's collecting the pull-tabs. She says she's selling the tabs to a wheelchair making factory. They recycle the aluminum and use it for making wheelchairs.
Among all the materials you can recycle, aluminum is probably the easiest to collect. You can also earn some extra cash from selling it to recycling factories as well.
Here are 5 convincing reasons why you should get into the habit of aluminum recycling:
1. Recycling Aluminum is Very Helpful to the Environment
Did you know that aluminum is 100% recyclable? This means that every can of Coke you recycle can be reproduced into another can of coke. Imagine the amount of energy and raw materials we would be able to save if we recycled each and every soft drink can we used.
2. Aluminum Takes Centuries to Decompose
In fact, it takes aluminum over 400 years to do so. This material is used to make many things, but from the soda cans alone, you can imagine the environmental impact of the millions of cans thrown into the dump each month.
3. Recycling Aluminum is Can Help Businesses Save Money
The process of making aluminum products from raw materials is very costly, mainly due to energy costs. You can run a television for 3 hours from the amount of energy you save from recycling a single can of soda. Can you imagine how much power you can save from recycling a hundred, or even a thousand cans?
Aluminum Recycling Bins Are Very Useful
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4. You Can Earn Money From Aluminum Recycling
In America, you can earn between 25 to 90 cents per pound of cans you recycle. That's anywhere between 10 to 40 Pesos per pound in Pesos. Now, that's not bad considering all you need to do is collect trash.
Imagine placing boxes beside soda vending machines where people can throw empty cans, or asking a neighborhood restaurant to collect cans for you. Not a bad way to earn some extra money if you ask me.
5. Aluminum Recycling Can Benefit More Than Just the Environment
Aside from collecting soda can pull-tabs that others can use to produce wheelchairs, there are many other things that can be created from recycled aluminum.
So, what are you waiting for? Start recycling aluminum now!