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Recycling aluminium: bales of crushed drinks cans

Recycling aluminium: bales of crushed drinks cans

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HANK MORGAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HANK MORGAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Recycling aluminium: bales of crushed drinks cans await shipment to a reclamation smelter at the Alcoa Recycling Company, Edison, New Jersey. The plant receives loose, flattened material from a range of industrial, commercial, municipal & charity sources throughout the North-East US. Used beverage cans (UBCs) are processed into high- density bales which are then shipped to one of Alcoa's two reclamation mills (in Indiana & Tennessee), where the cans are remelted and made into new sheet aluminium. In 1989, 215 million canned drinks were consumed each day in the US, 320 per capita each year. Cans comprise 45% of soft drinks containers, 68% of beer containers.

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