• 1.96 million tons or 0.9% by weight.*
• 1.59 million tons of cans per year.*
• 370,000 tons of foil per year.*
• 14.51 pounds of aluminum packaging per person per year.*
• 11.77 pounds of cans and 2.74 pounds of foil per person per year.*
• 102.2 billion cans, or 379 cans per person, were used in 1999.
• 1 can weighs slightly less than 1/33 of a pound.
• 79% of cans are generated in homes and 21% are generated in businesses.
• 90% of foil is generated in homes and 10% is generated in businesses.
• 860,000 tons for a 43.9% aluminum packaging recycling rate.*
• 830,000 tons for a 53.9% can recycling rate.*
• Industry data shows 965,000 tons for a 62.5% can recycling rate in 1999.
• 30,000 tons for an 8.1% foil recycling rate.*
• In 1999, 33% of the raw material for aluminum was recycled.
• According to 1999 industry data, 51.2% of that overall statistic included aluminum cans.
• Aluminum is a non-compostable material.
• Landfilled aluminum cans weigh 250 pounds per cubic yard.*
• Landfilled foil weighs 550 pounds per cubic yard.*
• Loose aluminum cans have a density of 50 pounds to 74 pounds per cubic yard.
• Flattened cans have a density of 250 pounds per cubic yard.
From Our Recycling FAQs
Q: Why should my company employ a recycling program?
A: By committing to a recycling program, your company is guaranteed the peace of mind that follows by taking charge of the waste stream, sending more items to be recycled, rather than to the landfill. In addition, profits can be made from successful programs, adding to the bottom line of profit.
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