Why recycle aluminum cans:
Recycling aluminum cans is an important way to save energy. This is because making a new aluminum can out off recycled aluminum, uses only 5% of the energy taken to manufacture a brand new can. It takes 200 million Btu of energy to manufacture one ton of aluminum for new soda cans. On the other hand using recycled aluminum will use a mere 45 million Btu. Roughly, recycling 54 billion cans can save energy equal to 15 million barrels of crude oil. The energy saved by recycling a pound of aluminum can be used to generate about 7.5 kilowatts of electricity which can meet a midsized family’s electricity needs for at least six years.