In today's market, an aluminum can is worth about one penny, and about 50 percent of all the aluminum cans that are processed are recycled. Discover why aluminum can be recycled over and over again with help from a solid waste planning engineer and recycling program coordinator in this free video on recycling facts.
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Hi, I'm Lynn Bestul. I'm the Solid Waste Planner for New Hanover County in North Carolina, and today I'm going to talk to you a little bit about aluminum can recycling. Aluminum cans, if you look at the value of them for recycling right now, each can is worth about one penny with the market today. About fifty percent of all the aluminum cans that are processed are recycled, so citizens, our population is doing a great job of recycling the aluminum cans. And aluminum is one of those materials that it doesn't lose its consistency when it is being recycled. It can be recycled over and over again. So, at this facility where we're at we take the aluminum cans and we run them through a can crusher, and it's a older system but it has worked very well for counties that have small amounts of material being generated. We only generate a little over three tons in New Hanover County per month. The cans are run through the system here; they're crushed, and there's a blower that takes it and loads it into this trailer. The trailer is hauled off then to a facility that does that recycling process to make those old cans into new cans again. And if I can leave you today with one thing, and that's recycle as much as you can, especially aluminum cans. What we're trying to do with recycling is reduce the space, the volume of material that's going into the landfills. Thank you.