Still wondering why you should bother recycling your aluminum cans from this weekend's Memorial Day party? Just ask Greg Wittbecker. He's the director of Corporate Metal Recycling for Alcoa and a big proponent of boosting the paltry amount the U.S. recycles (52% of cans) to 75%.
Can_pile_2 What's the big deal? Greg says it's all about energy and waste disposal. "If we could recover and recycle 75% of the aluminum cans being currently tossed into landfills - 600,000 metric tons of aluminum - we could save 1286 megawatts of generated electricity. That's the amount produced by two coal fired power plants, and consumed by two aluminum plants," says Greg. "Replacing this production with recycling would keep 11.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being generated and released into the atmosphere." It would also reduce the amount of mercury going into the environment, since power plants emit polluting mercury when they burn coal.
Why is recycling so efficient? According to Alcoa,Read More »from Why You Should Recycle Those Beverage Cans This Weekend